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Origami Day Text With Images of Origami Cranes

Episode #025: Origami Day

Nov 12, 2020

Episode #025: Origami Day

Episode Summary:

Origami is a metamorphic art form. You got that piece of paper. You don’t add to it. You don’t take away from it. You CHANGE it–Micheal Lafosse.
Hello, all of my holiday peeps! Welcome to ​The Happy Holiday Life! ​ Today we will be talking about art and tradition that has been around for centuries, today is national origami day, and I know this might seem a little weird to have a holiday over. Still, after today’s episode, you will see the real importance and beauty of the day. Please join me!


  • The History of Origami 
  • The History of the paper cranes.

Show Notes:


  • Japanese Legend Of 1,000 Paper Cranes:​ If someone makes 1,000 paper cranes over the course of a year, they will be granted a wish to come true. 
  • The History Of Paper:​ Paper first came into play in China around 105 A.D., and then it was brought to Japan by monks in the sixth century. Paper folding in Japan was strictly for ceremonial purposes for many years. 
  • Edo Period:​ during this period, paper was produced much more so than the general population could access it. 
  • Who Practiced Paper Folding First?: ​Historians believe that this practice started in China. And then written instructions for paper folding came around 1797. 
  • When Did The Name Origami Come To Be?​: in the late 1800s, the word for paper folding went from orikata to origami.
  • Other Countries Interested In Origami:​ Europeans and South Americans brought more to the table when it came to origami. The Moors brought mathematically based paper folding to Spain in the 12th century and had their folding paper practice called papiroflexia or pajarita. 
  • Fredrich Froebel: ​The German educator and inventor of kindergarten helped spread the art of paper folding around the world by teaching children. 
  • Three Folds Associated With Fredrich Froebel:​ The Folds of Life, The Folds of Truth, and The Folds of Beauty. 
  • Miguel de Unamuno:​ The famous Spanish author celebrates paper folding and discusses it in many of his works. 
  • Robert Lang:​ A talented origami artist who makes sculptures that can be only 500 microns big to sculptures that can be 14-feet-long, many of his projects include praying mantis, hummingbirds, and owls. And he makes all of them out of one paper, and sometimes the help of technology. 
  • 1,000 Cranes: ​This form of origami gained attention in 1950 with the death of a Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki. 
  • Sadako Sasaki:​ When the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima in 1945, the impact threw the 2-year-old out of her house’s window, her mother ran to find her, and she had no injuries, but soon after she was caught in the black rain and several years later she got leukemia, because of the radiation. In August 1955, Sadako was moved into a hospital room where a junior high school student named Kiyo lived. Shortly after, Kiyo’s friends brought cranes to the room, and that is when Sasaki’s father told her the legend of the cranes, so from that day on, people from all around brought Sasaki paper so she could build the 1,000 cranes and get her to wish. 
  • Her death:​ various stories are told about if she finished the 1,000 cranes, but her brother says that she finished all 1,000 by the end of August 1955 and made 300 more by the time of her death. When she was buried, her friends placed the 1,000 crane wish with her. 
  • Memorials For Sasaki:​ In 1958, in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a statue was unveiled to show Sasaki holding a golden crane, with a plaque reading “This is our cry. This is our Prayer. Peace in the world.” Another statue was made in Seattle Peace Park in Washington, and it was made to remind the world of the consequences of nuclear war.
  • August 6th:​ In honor of Sasaki, Japan celebrates annual peace day. 
  • Activity Of The Day:​ In honor of Origami Day, start the 1,000 crane challenge! If you make just three cranes every day, you’ll exceed the goal, and more importantly, you can use the time as a moment to reflect on your day and be peaceful. When you finished, gift it to a good cause or a child who may need it.

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