Origami which can be said to be one of traditional Japanese culture. It is said that the origin of origami in the present form is the Edo period. Here, in “Origami kaikan”, you can enjoy the world of Japanese paper focusing on origami, such as ritual “Orikata” (folding form) of samurai transmitted from the Muromachi era, “Play origami” which was popular since the Meiji era, torn-paper picture using “Chiyogami” (Japanese paper with colored figures), Japanese paper crafts etc. The charm of the origami, which can enjoy from children to the aged 100 years old, lies in the varied expressive power that an endless formulation is born from a single piece of paper.
The beginning of the Origami-kaikan (paper folding hall) was that the founder who was a Japanese paper craftsman established the factory of the colored paper. It is known as the place of transmission of Japanese paper culture, and origami culture.
There is the classroom of origami, Japanese paper industrial arts, Japanese paper doll, and the event for children is held in summer vacation, too.
“Yushima no Kobayashi”, the Edo Japanese paper and colored paper shop is established in 1858, and you can enjoy Japanese paper culture including origami here. You can observe the gallery of a mezzanine and dyeing place which producing a Japanese paper of the hand dyeing.
It is the gallery installed in mezzanine that can appreciate the charm of various origami closely. There, various works of origami and Chiyogami are exhibited. Traditional motifs such as Origata and other ceremonial things and shapes of animal and field flowers are displayed on the wall.
The work of classrooms such as the origami is on the first floor, and various paper work or Japanese paper are seen in the shop of third-floor. With luck, you can see Kazuo Kobayashi who is the director of this place folding origami. His work is created one after another, and the skill is just like magic.
The origami which features the infinite possibility that various form is brought by one piece of the square paper. The originality only in Japan is felt.
That is just as Director Kobayashi says, “it is to know the Japanese culture to make origami”, the origami which has the Japanese beauty and a lot of history is industrial arts with the Japanese paper.
|Adresse:||Yushima 1-7-14 Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0034 Japan|
|Access:||Tokyo Metro Subway Marunouchi-sen Line “Ochanomizu-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)|
*There are various plans of origami classroom. From around 2000 yen.
*Also, works of origami are also on sale.
For details, please refer to PDF of the official web page.