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.

In the Edo period (1603-1868) people thought up different kinds of origami involving cutting and layering of paper, and the activity grew popular among the common people of Japan. Later, in the Meiji era (1868-1912), origami came to be taught at elementary schools. Students continue to study origami at school to this day; it is used to teach concepts in geometry, such as the relationship between a plane and a solid shape.


Date & Time: 9 (Sat) October 2010, 10:00 ~ 11:30
Venue: Perak State Library, No 17, Jalan Raja Di Hilir 30350 Ipoh, Perak
Admission: Free
Reservation: Contact the Perak State Library at 05 2491888

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