Is "Origami" Korean culture？|
(Translator's note: This is the question of this topic.)
||If you know a lot about the history of "Origami", can you teach
me? I thought "Origami" is Japanese own culture from childhood.
Am I wrong?|
I have a reason for this question.
I'm now living in a town of Southern US with my husband who is a resident
officer. In last a few years, I have joined volunteer group of Japanese
wives to introduce Japanese culture, and taught "Origami" in
schools or culture events in my neighborhood.
I am glad that our "Origami" classroom is popular and always
gathers many Americans.
Recently we have known other volunteer Group of Korean women who are also
living here. I heard they also taught "Origami" as volunteer
activities, too. There is no problem about their activities themselves,
but this group's women teach children "Origami originated from Korea
but Japan spread Origami around the world as Japanese culture when Korea
was invaded by Japan.".
"Who is right at all?" I was asked by the teacher for an elementary
school I know.
This question made me realize that I didn't know who began Origami or where
and when did he begin Origami. We researched this in a hurry at a library
but can not find its definite history. Then, can you teach me the history
of Origami or introduce a good answer book?
(Translator's note: Followings are the messages from readers)
Check this site|
|You can find the history of Origami at the Web of "Origami Tanteidan"（http://origami.gr.jp/）.|
There is an English page which American people can read.
Check this site|
|This site will also help you. There is a English page and a Japanese page.|
| This informations also help me.|
|I'm also a wife of a resident
officer, and conduct classes about Japan once a week. When I taught Origami, which enjoyed a good reputation,
I was told to teach it again.|
There are no story about Korea in the site which Marunya introduced.
Though I have known about Origami culture in German or Europe, I was surprised the theory that Origami originated from Korea.
I'm sorry for my poor information. As you are doing the same thing as me, I accidentally posted this message.
|Origami of today ..|
|We can say Origami of today is the traditional Japanese culture from Muromachi
Period(1338-1573). That is the reason why we call this Origami.|
Korean people say they have been making Chiban and Chesa with papers which are used in there Confucian ceremony.
That is the reason Origami originated from Korea, they claim.
In this theory there is a leap of logic which we often see in Korean people.
Chiban and Chesa make a clear departure from today's Origami which is creative entertainment.
This site is easy to understand.|
|I found the history of Origami at the site of Japan Origami association. I found English one at this site. This will help you.|
Some of Korean people seem to consider Korean "Noshigami(gift wrapping
paper)" is one of Origami. No one knows when and where it began and
it is different from today's Origami. I think they force their groundless
Such arts can be handled down secretary from person to person, and it can not disappear for only 30 or 40 years
when it is really good traditional arts, even if it had not appeared on official occasions.
| The origin of Origami|
|Origami did not originate from Korea obviously. There is a Japanese document of hundereds of thousands of paper cranes in 1797. People use Washi(Japanese paper) in those days. Washi is made from bark of a tree. But Washi is not the oldest paper.|
| The history of Origami|
|Japanese traditional Origami spread during Genroku Period(1680-1709) and
was used in Kimono and Ukiyoe(a sort of Japanese pictures during Edo Period).
"Japanese spread Origami as Japanese culture all over the world when
Japan invaded Korea." We are openmouthed at what they says! In Europe,
the unique Origami culture was born from Middle age when paper technology
spread. Their Origami, characterized by geometrical design, was fused with
Japanese Origami and spread into education in Meiji Period(1868-1912).|
Please see the site named "K's Origami" which has an English
Origin of Origami|
|04.03.07 10:48:06||Hinomaru Bento|
|Good to meet you. Speaking about origin of Origami, we can know the history
by "Japan Origami association official homepage", which says
its origin is the fashion among aristocracies of Heian Period(794-1192).
Refer this site for details.|
| It's Japanese culture!
|About Origami, I heard that Japan and German have its origin. Only these
nations have evidential documents. I think it is right to think so because
Origami is such a culture that no one can decide its birthplace clearly.
Each Origami seemed to develope in each nation because there was no interchange
of cultures between them.|
Many Japanese Origami have a character that makes use of the quality of
Washi. There must not be inflated works as a catfish, a paper balloon or
a Japanese persimmon without Washi. The book of Origami, "Kayaragusa"
was published during Edo period. This is very enjoyable and interesting
today(But the people did not call Origami "Origami" at this age.).
Thinking about this history, it is proper that Origami of today is Japanese
unique culture. This is the reason why the name of Origami is also used
Though volunteering is hard to continue, please stick to it! I will cheer
for you as a same Origami lover.
|Origami of Japan
|I don't know when Origami was born, but Origami birds were used as the
pattern on Kimono during Genroku Period(1680-1709). Origami bird was used
as a motif of China during Edo Period(1603-1867).|
Many Origami which were made from a sheet of Washi. The method was invented
about 200 years ago. This method appeared in the oldest Origami book, "How
to make hundereds of thousands of paper cranes" published in 1632.
This book introduced the way to fold 49 kinds of continued Origami with
cut in a sheet of paper.
The famous student of Origami explains history of Origami
Some sites say folding a sheet of paper was created in China, and developed
| Origami and the technology of artificial satellite|
|The technology of Japanese Origami culture is used in expanding solar battery pannels of artificial satellite. The scholar whose hobby was Origami develoved it.|
| Now I will organize these stories.|
|At first, what is Origami? Many people seem to have different opinions
of this. Does Origami mean folding a sheet of paper in two? Folding a sheet
of paper for decoration? Or folding to form something representational
in three dimensions?|
If Origami is only folding a sheet of paper, it was done when paper appeared.
It is the same that "tying" was born when a string appeared.
After a while many ways of folding are tried thinking of strongth or beauty.
This is pretty common wherever people use paper.
It also happened in China and a table napkin was made in the west, too. In Japan "Noshigami(gift wrapping paper)" was made from long ago. What Korean people claim the origin of Origami is a folding a sheet of paper for decoration close to this "Noshigami".
But this is a common matter wherever people use paper. Far from it, the
origin of folding a sheet of paper for decoration appeared when people
began to use parchments, hides, fabrics, leaves or something papery before
Bags and ships are made of leaves around the world, but it is an exaggeration to say these are the origin of Origami.
"Origami originated from Korea." is the same as this.
There is no difference between what we call Origami today and what the
owner of this thread teaches. This means "Folding a sheet of paper
to form something representational in three dimensions.". At least
it is obvious Japanese Origami originated from Japan. There wasn't such
a thing in Korea.
Then, It is necessary to say "Origami originated from Japan"
with cofidence when you explain in other nations. People must think you
hide something inconvenient when you say "It is not important where
Origami originated from.", "There are many theories about it
." or "It's not known exactly where.".
In this case, Korean way of claiming is proper, though their claim itself
is not right. It is bad habit of Japanese to leave the matter vague to
avoid debating or a collision. It may help to avoid the problem between
Japanese, but it have exactly the opposite effect outside Japan.
If you don't say it with cofidence, you seem to hide anything. This habit
to leave the matter vague have been making foreign people misunderstanding
Japanese, such that Japanese do not accept their war responsibility. .
| Origami as playing is Japanese own culture
|There are activities of folding a sheet of paper in ceremony around the
world. Korean people claim that even "Kendo", "Japanese
sword" and "Miso" originated from Korea. "Origami originated
... " is one of them (laughter!).).