Origami Paper Cranes – Jackson

May 17, 2013 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fri. May 17, 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Origami Paper Cranes. Origami (pronounced or-i-GA-me) is the Japanese art of paper folding. “Ori” is the Japanese word for folding and “kami” is the Japanese word for paper. That is how origami got its name. However, origami did not start in Japan. It began in China in the first or second century and then spread to Japan sometime during the sixth century.

The crane was considered a sacred bird in Japan. It was a Japanese custom that if a person folded 1000 cranes, they would be granted one wish. When 1,000 cranes are folded as a group, they are known as a Senbazuru. The individual cranes are often strung along a string so they can be hung from the ceiling. The origami crane has become a global peace symbol.

We will be learning to make both the traditional paper crane as well as the flapping bird (that really flaps!) This program is suggested for children ages 10 and up as the folds can be difficult for the younger ones.

Jackson District Library, Meijer Branch
1699 Airport Rd
Jackson, MI 49202

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