The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur will organize an origami workshop on 9 October 2010 at the Perak State Library, Ipoh, conducted by Mr. YAMAGUCHI Makoto, Ms. KAWAMURA Miyuki and Ms. MATSUURA Eiko.
The practice of origami began in the early 700s, when paper was first introduced to Japan. At first paper was folded to make decorations for use in religious ceremonies at shrines, but gradually people came to use it in their regular lives as well. During the Heian period (794-1185), it was popular to fold valuable paper and use it to beautifully wrap letters and presents. Later, origami continued to be used in traditional ceremonies, but the women of the imperial court began to fold dolls and other shapes for their amusement.