Tokyo Museum presents origami

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TOKYO – Intricate works of art created by folding colorful pieces of paper can be seen at the Tokyo Origami Museum located near the Umayabashi Bridge of the Sumida River.

Visitors can admire a variety of origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding that has long been popular among foreigners, exhibited created by artists and origami enthusiasts.

The museum was opened in 2010 by the Nippon Origami Association, which promotes the culture of origami in Japan and abroad. The museum houses the association’s offices as well as a classroom for organizing origami lessons.

Around 230 origami are on display at the museum, some of which were created by origami artists, but most were collected from enthusiasts who exhibited their works at events organized by the association.

The first piece visitors see when they enter is Akira Iwabuchi’s work, “Under the full-fledged wisteria lattice of cranes !!” The miniature diorama features small origami cranes that are displayed to resemble a trellis of wisteria and grass. The artwork creates a scene in which children gaze at the wisteria trellis, which is created using purple canes, beads, disposable chopsticks and other materials.

Kazuji Kushiro’s origami titled “Biodiversity: The Connection of Life” is a large work showing 17 kinds of plants and animals, including monkeys, owls and sunflowers, in a field. The piece expresses the artist’s hope that viewers feel connected to other living beings through the work.

Other unique origami on display include a pine bonsai and maple bonsai made of paper cranes stacked on top of each other, bindweeds formed using origami and colored paper, and Santa Claus.

“Origami has an endless number of possibilities,” said an association official. “It all depends on the imagination of the creator.

Such creative works of art are sure to stimulate the senses of anyone who sees them and will make anyone a fan. The museum not only exhibits unique and intricate pieces, but also sells around 500 kinds of colorful origami paper.

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If you are going to

Tokyo Origami Museum

Instructors run monthly origami lessons on the second floor of the museum. Registration is required and costs 500-2,500 yen per class, including materials.

Address: 1-31-5, Honjo, Sumida Ward, Tokyo

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed on public holidays. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the museum is closed the following Monday.

Admission fee

Information: infoorigami-noa.com


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