Origami class

O Origami class

Origami class

Tierra would like to introduce a new informal class for foreign people

interested in practicing a simple yet essential part of Japanese culture: "Origami".


Origami is the famous art of folding paper.

Come join our 30-minute class and create a decorative and beautiful

piece of traditional Japanese culture for yourself, small classes

(1-6people, even classes of just one person are welcome, so don’t be shy)

and easy to follow instruction with authentic origami paper included.

折り紙 鶴1
折り紙 鶴3
折り紙 鶴2

Class will be held here at Tierra’s Akasaka office.


A minimal fee at 500yen will provide instruction,

materials and a cup of tea or water.


Time and date will be decided according to availability of interested parties.

If you are interested, please click the link to a reservation form.


Come immerse yourself in this easy, meditative and graceful practice.


At the end of the 30 minutes you will have created your own origami

“Tsuru” ( Japanese crane).



6 minute walk,from AKASAKA subway station EXIT 7.


7minute walk,from NOGIZAKA subway station EXIT 1.


13 minute walk,from TAMEIKESANNO subway station.


15 minute walk,from AKASAKAMITSUKE subway station.


※Notice for guests who are visiting by vehicle.


Parking space available in the building.
Please inform us in advance to reserve.


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What is Origami?


(折り紙, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper")

is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. 


In modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all

folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. 


The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished

sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. 


Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue,

or markings on the paper.



History of origami

The Japanese word "Origami" itself is a compound of two smaller Japanese words:

"ori" (root verb "oru"), meaning to fold, and "kami", meaning paper. Until recently,

not all forms of paper folding were grouped under the word origami. Before that,

paperfolding for play was known by a variety of names, including "orikata", "orisue",

"orimono", "tatamigami" and others.

Exactly why "origami" became the common name is not known; it has been suggested

that the word was adopted in the kindergartens because the written characters were

easier for young children to write.

Another theory is that the word "origami" was a direct translation of the German word

"Papierfalten", brought into Japan with the Kindergarten Movement around 1880.


Japanese origami began sometime after Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan

during the 6th century.

The first Japanese origami is dated from this period and was used for religious

ceremonial purposes only, due to the high price of paper.


A reference in a poem by Ihara Saikaku from 1680 describes the origami butterflies

used during Shinto weddings to represent the bride and groom.

Samurai warriors are known to have exchanged gifts adorned with noshi,

a sort of good luck token made of folded strips of paper, which indicates

that origami had become a significant aspect of Japanese ceremony by

the Heian period (794–1185).


In 1797 the first known origami book was published in Japan: Senbazuru orikata.

There are several origami stories in Japanese culture, such as a story of

Abe no Seimei making a paper bird and turning it into a real one.


 Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_origami


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