Squid game seems to have led to an origami boom in the UK.
The South Korean show Netflix has been a huge success for the streamer since its debut in September, becoming the most-viewed show on the platform in just a matter of weeks.
However, The temperature reports that the show helped increase the popularity of the Japanese art of paper folding, although it has little to do with Squid game.
The newspaper said that people use origami to make tiles for the South Korean game of ddakji, which was described in Squid game as the mysterious recruiter uses it to bring players for the violent games to the center of the show.
TikTok videos with the hashtag #Ddakji received 17.6 million views in just a few months, the company said, explaining that this was due “to the worldwide success of Squid game”.
TikTok added that online origami tutorials have also reached 395 million views, while analytics company Ahrefs claims it is the 10th most searched skill on YouTube.
Origami is also believed to have grown in popularity due to COVID lockdowns, with people using it to escape the stress of the pandemic.
“There’s something about stepping away from screens, doing something physical, getting absorbed in a project and not thinking about work,” said origami artist Michael Trew.
Meanwhile, in the wake of Squid gameThe success of, talks turned to a possible second season, with Seong Gi-hun actor Lee Jung-jae admitting he would be on board if he got the green light.
“Because I have received so much love and support from [viewers], of course I have to replay it if there is a season two, ”he said. “But at this point, I don’t know anything about how the story is going to play out, or how the characters are going to change, or if there are going to be new characters added to the series.
“I don’t know anything yet. And I also don’t know if the role of Gi-hun [will] always be the main role or as a minor role on the side. But whatever it is, of course I should say yes.