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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.

折り紙、楽しいよ!
Origami is fun

ueno

By UENO Akari

/origami-1-ueno

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。

わが家も、誕生日とクリスマスの年に2回だけ、娘が「ほしい」と言ったおもちゃを買ってあげていますが・・・いつの間にか押入れの中に眠ったままになっていることもしばしばです。

その点、折り紙は素晴らしいツールだなあ!と、つくづく思います。

/origami-2-ueno

折り紙は、子どもからお年寄りまで楽しめます。言葉が通じなくても、一緒に折るだけで友だちになれます。レストランで料理を先に食べ終わった子どもたちに折り紙を渡すと、意外と夢中になって折ってくれるので、「静かにしようね」と注意しなくて済みます。手先を使うので、認知症予防にもいいと言われています。何より、アイデアさえあれば一枚の紙が何にでもなれるのって、本当に驚きだと思いませんか。

/origami-3-ueno

ここで、私の一番のお気に入りをご紹介します。それは、3枚の折り紙を使って作る独楽です。真ん中をつまんで回すと、とてもきれいですよ。みなさんも折り紙、楽しんでますか。素敵な折り紙の折り方があったら、ぜひ教えてくださいね。

/origami-4-ueno

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

折(お)り紙(がみ)、楽(たの)しいよ!

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。

わが家(や)も、誕生日(たんじょうび)とクリスマスの年(ねん)に2回(かい)だけ、娘(むすめ)が「ほしい」と言(い)ったおもちゃを買(か)ってあげていますが・・・いつの間(ま)にか押入(おしい)れの中(なか)に眠(ねむ)ったままになっていることもしばしばです。

その点(てん)、折(お)り紙(がみ)は素晴(すば)らしいツールだなあ!と、つくづく思(おも)います。

折(お)り紙(がみ)は、子どもからお年寄(としよ)りまで楽(たの)しめます。言葉(ことば)が通(つう)じなくても、一緒(いっしょ)に折(お)るだけで友(とも)だちになれます。レストランで料理(りょうり)を先(さき)に食(た)べ終(お)わった子どもたちに折(お)り紙(がみ)を渡(わた)すと、意外(いがい)と夢中(むちゅう)になって折(お)ってくれるので、「静(しず)かにしようね」と注意(ちゅうい)しなくて済(す)みます。手先(てさき)を使(つか)うので、認知症(にんちしょう)予防(よぼう)にもいいと言(い)われています。何(なに)より、アイデアさえあれば一枚(いちまい)の紙(かみ)が何(なん)にでもなれるのって、本当(ほんとう)に驚(おどろ)きだと思(おも)いませんか。

ここで、私(わたし)の一番(いちばん)のお気(き)に入(い)りをご紹介(しょうかい)します。それは、3枚(まい)の折(お)り紙(がみ)を使(つか)って作(つく)る独楽(こま)です。真(ま)ん中(なか)をつまんで回(まわ)すと、とてもきれいですよ。みなさんも折(お)り紙(がみ)、楽(たの)しんでますか。素敵(すてき)な折(お)り紙(がみ)の折(お)り方(かた)があったら、ぜひ教(おし)えてくださいね。

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

ueno

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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