By: Stephanie Mayeda, GVJCI Social Media & Community Outreach Intern
Origami ("ori" meaning "folding" and "kami" meaning "paper") is the popular Japanese art form of paper folding that has been around since the Edo Period (1603-1867). Origami is still widely practiced to this day and is a common activity for children of all ages as well as adults. Here at the GVJCI, our interns have done a lot of origami decorations for our various events. They add a nice pop of color to any location and are even more fun to make!
For our Yatai Food Festival last August, our interns made a paper crane chandelier to hang above our beer garden!
Today we're going to be making a very simple Totoro origami. For those who may not be familiar with Totoro, he is a forest spirit from Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 film, Tonari No Totoro. He still enjoys great popularity, even almost thirty years later. Let's learn how to make one!
You're all done! Now go enjoy your Totoro origami!