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Origami | Art of Folding a Square Piece of Paper

Origami | Art of Folding a Square Piece of Paper

Origami is the art of folding a square piece of paper and transforming it to create different shapes. Traditionally origami does not use glue or scissors but recent forms of origami might incorporate such uses.

1,000 Origami Cranes

1,000 Origami Cranes

The most well-known origami form is the crane. It is said that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted one wish. This belief was significant during the wartime when a little girl named Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia from the radiation during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She then started folding cranes, in hopes of folding 1,000 to be granted a wish, her wish to live. Inspired by Sadako's dream of peace, the tradition of folding 1,000 cranes to be granted a wish has long continued. Today you can see thousands of cranes at the peace parks at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Peace Memorial Park

Peace Memorial Park

Dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack

Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki Prefecture

Southernwestern tip of Kyushu with great foreign influence

Haiku

Haiku

The traditional Japanese poetry art using 5-7-5 syllables.

Tanabata Festival

Tanabata Festival

One of the four greatest festivals in Tohoku, held every summer in Sendai

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