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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Art of Paper Folding - Origami

There are many saying about the origin of origami. Some say origami originated in China around 2000 years ago, and later developed as an art in Japan almost comp temporarily to the arrival of paper from China.

Others say origami originated from Japan in Heian era (741 – 1191). as a pastime for women and children.
The art of paper folding without any cutting was only developed in Muromachi Period (1338 – 1573).

At the end of Edo period (1603 – 1867), the designs had grew from a few single design to about 70, which include crane, frog, ship, goldfish, and balloon.

Regardless of the origin, this ancient Japanese art of paper folding transcends the barriers created by differences in language. Like any good writing instruments that remove the barriers of language, Namiki created 5 pens under the Origami theme.

The crane symbolize long life and happiness. The ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

In Asia, it is a common saying that folding a thousand paper cranes make your heart's desires fulfil. It is a very good gifts for special friends and family.

Windmill, a symbol of power and movement, which is very well mentioned in Orwell “Animal Farm”. In his book, it symbolize the power equation between the pigs and the other animals.

It show the tremendous power of the pigs and their amazing ability to manipulate the other animals. This is a very interesting book. We encourage you to have a read.

In Asia, goldfish represents gold, wealth and prosperity. The ancient Eyptians believed that having goldfish in the house was especially lucky for the while family.

The Greeks believe Goldfish brought good luck to marriage.

A rabbit remind us to face our fear, and represent fertility, and lust. And the moon represents one who enjoys a peace of the existence of mother earth.

The rabbit is associated with fear because they are shy and are continually on a look out, just like the white rabbit it Alice's Adventure in Wonderland (commonly known as “Alice in Wonderland”) by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

It not only reminded we need to face up to our fear as well as knowing when we should defend our space or back off.

Penguin is a symbol of agility, drive, and purpose. Penguin are organized, thriving on order and control. They teaches the ability to move freely between realities and situations, and to replace chaos with order.

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