Origami is a beloved way to communicate in Japan, a way for children, parents, and grandparents to spend time together over cheerful conversation. Children give it to each other as a mark of friendship. Even adults give origami to supplement a main gift, writing a short message on it. Origami can be a heartwarming present for a sick friend in hospital, encouraging them to get well soon.
Many origami shapes have been handed down for generations, and there are certain figures that have been stylized, becoming simple, minimal shapes that can be easily folded. These are known as "densho origami" — "densho" meaning "heirloom" — a reflection of Japan's cultural traditions. Modern Japan has Westernized, but densho origami has spread all over the world, binding people together.
This book, containing 35 densho origami (including some new versions of traditional figures), shows how to enjoy origami, with over 500 detailed illustrations. Colorful, finely printed paper makes beautiful origami, but you can use a square of any paper, including yesterday's newspaper or a piece of copy paper, and fold densho origami anytime and anywhere.© Japan Today