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What is the history of origami in Japan?

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. It is believed to have originated in Japan in the 17th century, although some argue that its origins may be much older. Origami is an intricate and delicate art that has been practiced in Japan for centuries.

Origami is an integral part of Japanese culture, and has been used in a variety of ways throughout its history. In ancient times, origami was used to make religious offerings, while in more recent times it has become an art form, used to make decorative items like birds, flowers, and animals.

The origins of origami are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have first been practiced in the 17th century. It is thought that origami originated from a Chinese paper folding art called "Zhezhi", which was brought to Japan by Buddhist monks during the Heian period (794-1185).

The art of origami has evolved over the centuries, from simple folded shapes to increasingly complex designs. In the Edo period (1603-1868), origami was used to create a variety of figures, such as animals, flowers, and humans. During the Meiji period (1868-1912), origami was used to make a variety of items such as fans, boxes, and lanterns.

In the 20th century, origami became a popular recreational activity. In the 1950s, the first origami book was published, and since then, origami has become increasingly popular, with books, magazines, and classes available to learn the art.

Today, origami is still a popular art form in Japan, and is even practiced around the world. Origami is an excellent way to express creativity and is a great way to teach children about the importance of patience and concentration.

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