Where Did Origami Originate?

Origami is the art of folding pieces of paper into shapes of animals, birds, flowers, and other objects. This art probably began in China sometime after the invention of paper.

The Chinese made paper houses, furniture, and other things to be burned at a person’s funeral, in the hope that the dead person would enjoy the use of these objects in the next world.

The art of paper-folding reached Japan in the 7th century. It was the Japanese who perfected this art, gave us the name origami, and introduced it to people in other parts of the world.

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