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Japanese Origami

The word Origami (折り紙) comes from the Japanese word ori meaning folding, and kami meaning paper.

This pastime became popular during the Edo period, and in modern times the term Origami has come to include styles from a lot of different countries other than Japan.

In this Japanese language blog, Ueno sensei introduces her favorite Origami. See if you can make it !

Watch the video to listen to fluent Japanese and also read the different versions to learn more vocabulary.

Origami is fun


By UENO Akari


この世の中は、物であふれていますね。 何でも手に入る時代です。 子どもたちも、知育玩具やらスマホのゲームやら、遊びのツールには困りません。 ただ、流行り廃りも早いものです。








To listen to this blog, please watch our Youtube video.


この世(よ)の中(なか)は、物(もの)であふれていますね。 何(なん)でも手(て)に入(はい)る時代(じだい)です。 子どもたちも、知育玩具(ちいくがんぐ)やらスマホのゲームやら、遊(あそ)びのツールには困(こま)りません。 ただ、流行(はや)り廃(すた)りも早(はや)いものです。





Origami is fun

This world is overflowing with things. You can get anything you want these days. And children, with all their educational toys and smartphones, don't have to worry too much about finding tools to play with. However, the trends change fast.

In our home, just twice a year for christmas and their birthdays, we buy our daughters the toys that they tell us they want...but before we know it we find these in left sitting in the closet from time to time.

On this point, I find myself pondering on what a wonderful play tool Origami really is!

Origami can be enjoyed by all ages from children to the elderly. Even if we don't understand each other's languages, we can make friends by just folding paper together. When we are in a restaurant and they finish eating before us, we can hand the children some Origami and surprisingly they focus on this so much that I don't have to warn them to be quiet. And because you use your fingers, it is said to be a good for preventing dementia. Don't you find it surprising that as long as you have an idea, you can make anything with just one sheet of paper?

Here let me introduce my favorite Origami pattern. This is a spinning top made by using 3 sheets of Origami paper. If you pinch the center and turn it, it looks really beautiful. Do you enjoy doing Origami? If you know of any lovely Origami patterns, please let us all know !


折(お)り紙(がみ) origami; paper folding

知育玩具(ちいくがんぐ) educational toy

流行(はや)り廃(すた)り coming in and going out of style

認知症(にんちしょう) dementia

予防(よぼう) prevention

独楽(こま) spinning top

つまむ pinch


Hajimemashite everyone ! My name is Akari Ueno.
I live in Tokyo with my husband and daughter. I have had the experience of living in Hokkaido, Yokohama and Singapore.
I studied History in university, so I love touring around historical ruins. When I was younger, I went to see the Great Pyramids and Borobudur in Indonesia, but now I merely tour around the neighborhood parks with my daughter. I dream of touring around the world's famous ruins with my daughter one day.

When I study languages, one English phrase always comes to mind, "Use it, or lose it". I used to be scared of making mistakes, so even when I learned new vocabulary, I didn't use it. But after learning this English phrase from a friend, I started to use the vocabulary and terms I'd learned without fear of making mistakes.

Try to use your newly learned vocabulary and phrases all the time in the lessons. Looking forward to meeting you all in class !

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