Article by Simon Hagemann – XIS Student

Origami can be used to make many different ob- jects. It is a hobby to many people around the world. You can create almost anything with just a piece of paper. You can literally make anything you see in your daily life through origami.

A lot of people do origami as a hobby, me included. For me personally, origami somehow eases my mind. People might think that making an origami crane is re- ally easy. The truth is, trying to make an origami crane perfectly is not an easy process. To make it perfect, you must make sure that the paper you are using is the correct size, that every fold you make is done exactly right, and that the color on each side of the paper will create the most beautiful origami crane at the end. When you try to make something perfect, like an ori- gami crane, it can take you up to half an hour or even an hour to finish just one piece.

Origami is limitless. Origami can be done with basi- cally all sizes of papers and the best part is that if the paper isn’t the appropriate size, you can always cut it to the right size. Another great thing about origami is that it is portable and that you can pause what you have completed and continue later on. Origami is easy to carry around and most of them you can fold it to make it flat when you are carrying it around to con- serve space. You can always come back later to finish what you have started.

If you commit your time origami, you can even make the entire city of Xi’an with as much detail as possible and show it off to your friends and family. If you want to be more romantic, you can make a beautiful rose for someone you love. There are many different types of flowers you can make with rose being one of the most common and one of the trickiest origami flowers you can make. If you want to be a ninja, you can make a star shuriken, a small sharp weapon that is usually thrown at targets, which can be thrown a great dis- tance with a decent accuracy if you know how to throw it. Want to write a letter but don’t have any envelopes to put your letter in? There is a simple, yet fancy looking envelope that you can make by using an A4 paper.

I highly recommend you to do origami, especially if you have a lot of free time, but even if you don’t have much free time, origami can still be a good friend to you. There are many books and websites that gives you a step by step guide with pictures on how to make things. A great site that has a picture for every fold is www.origami-fun.com Origami paper is usually sold in every store that sells writing tools and in every Ren Ren Le.