My Japanese Students Could Fold to Precision

by Carol Dawn

This is how I got interested in origami...

I was teaching Japanese (Middle School) students English. The head teacher suggested that we do English instructions (fold, etc.). So we started all doing the crane together.

I was stunned! Both boys and girls had the dexterity of meticulous hand sewers. Their creations were beautiful, while the ends of my wings hardly matched up (and I pride myself in being pretty precise).

After I had ooh-ed and aah-ed and been exposed as a wannabe (but an appreciative one) I received gorgeous, complex creations as gifts at various times during the year.

Origami has an important place in their school art program. Something we could import with great benefit.

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