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origami updated

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. It involves taking a piece of paper, folding it a lot, swearing a few times, screwing it up, throwing it across the room and starting again.

If you persevere and keep your cool, you'll eventually end up with something elegant and beautiful, like the roof of a house. Here's one I made yesterday after several aborted attempts.

After mastering the roof of a house, I moved on to the most popular object for origami experts, the crane.

Japanese people can make a crane with their eyes closed. It's almost as if they're hard-wired to do it.

Wishing to emulate their marvellous skills, I donned a blindfold, grabbed a large piece of paper and attempted my own crane. In retrospect, the blindfold was an unwise move.

You see, being an Englishman, I'm more hard-wired for drinking beer at speed (with eyes open or closed) than folding paper into artful shapes.

However, with a little dedication, great things can be achieved.

Here's my non-blindfold attempt at a crane, exquisitely folded in the small hours of this morning. The results are, I'm sure you'll agree, stunning.........

In the past few years, more up-to-date forms of origami have grown in popularity. Here are three that recently caught my eye:

orizukue - the art of folding tables.
This isn't particularly difficult, especially if it's been correctly hinged before you start.

origaisha - the art of folding companies.
This is really easy if it's inefficiently run and wastes lots of money.

oridori - the art of folding chickens.

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On Saturday, 03 November, 2007, Anonymous Deas said:

Ha. Nice origaisha jab, there. Got a giggle from me. I was thinking - there's a rock outcropping on my island that overlooks a rough rapids strait below. The name of the area is the "Funaori Seto." That would be funa from fune, boat. The boat folding rapids. Awesome name. (But the rapids are all bark and no bite. I've ridden a tourist skiff through them.)  

On Saturday, 03 November, 2007, Anonymous Ben said:

Hilarious as always :)  

On Saturday, 03 November, 2007, Blogger Contamination said:

Lets see about the folding companies, maybe it can be folded so many times that it disappears!  

On Saturday, 03 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your origami was an excellent version of a Dodo bird. I don't know why you are so hard on yourself, it's the first I've ever seen. Brilliant.

-nataliegoestojapan (aka nataliewenttojapan)  

On Sunday, 04 November, 2007, Blogger lina said:

love your wit  

On Sunday, 04 November, 2007, Blogger Jon said:

What a beautifully elegant post. I enjoyed it more than I'm going to let on.  

On Sunday, 04 November, 2007, Anonymous Orabobby said:

I'd like to know how you made that roof. Can you go over that steps for that please?  

On Monday, 05 November, 2007, Blogger Invader Stu said:

I am a master at the art of folding poker hands.  

On Tuesday, 06 November, 2007, Anonymous Michaels said:

If you squint a bit, that chicken kinda looks like a really buff headless man...with fat thighs.


On Tuesday, 06 November, 2007, Anonymous Harvey said:

You should do stand up.

Or even sit down. You're hilarious man.  

On Saturday, 10 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

this made my day
best post ever  

On Saturday, 10 November, 2007, Anonymous Alex Case said:

Very funny, as is this Ramenz video on exactly the same topic:


Who ever would've thought that origami was such as classic comic topic??

TEFLtastic blog- www.tefl.net/alexcase  

On Thursday, 15 November, 2007, Blogger AzAzura said:

That"s a lot of folding arts there.. witty!  

On Wednesday, 12 December, 2007, Blogger Shantanu said:

OMG...You are really funny. I am glad I discovered your blog today. Needed this!  

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