Other cultural invasion;
The case of "Origami"


Japanese culture is invaded from Korean associations and groups in a variety of areas other than Kendo as has been pointed out before.

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I'll introduce the article about "Origami"(cache(Japanese)). This article appeared in the Web version of Yomiuri Shimbun from early in of March of 2004. In this section(Ote-komachi), the webmaster picked up the question from women's readers mails, and the general public respond to it. I translated main messages in it.

When I read this article, I felt angry at this Korean group's activity. I can not understand such activities to spread lies and denigrated other nation among other people and children.
But such activities must have continued today somewhere in the world.

( In Edo Period(1603-1867), the manual of Origami published. It is their plain false that "Japan stole Origami from Korea when Japan ruled Korea".)







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Is "Origami" Korean culture?
(Translator's note: This is the question of this topic.)
04.03.05 05:37:56 YASU
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
 Check this site
 This informations also help me.
 Origami of today ...
 This site is easy to understand.
 Origin of Origami
 The history of Origami
 The origin of Origami
 It's Japanese culture!
 Origami of Japan
 Origami and the technology of artificial satellite
 Now I will organize these stories.
 Origami as playing is Japanese own culture

Check this site
04.03.05 10:42:57Marunya
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
04.03.05 11:42:36Parklee
This site will also help you. There is a English page and a Japanese page.

This informations also help me.
04.03.05 11:59:36BOTSU
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 ..
04.03.06 02:06:00Narumaru
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.
04.03.06 13:20:57Torisugari
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 claim.
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
04.03.06 18:14:25T2
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
04.03.06 23:03:50gingerpop
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 page..

Origin of Origami
04.03.07 10:48:06Hinomaru 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!
04.03.08 13:36:50 Raicho
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 outside Japan.

Though volunteering is hard to continue, please stick to it! I will cheer for you as a same Origami lover.

Origami of Japan
04.03.08 22:51:23 Tsuru-san
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.



English site


The famous student of Origami explains history of Origami

Some sites say folding a sheet of paper was created in China, and developed in Japan.

Origami and the technology of artificial satellite
04.03.13 15:22:41Gajira
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.
04.03.13 22:32:08Kijimuna
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 real papers.

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
05.01.16 12:06:03kuri
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!).).

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