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What is the history of origami in Japan?

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Origami began in the 17th century when Japanese people started to use paper to make items for religious ceremonies. Over time, origami evolved from a religious practice to a form of entertainment. By the 19th century, origami had become popular among the Japanese people, and it was used to create decorations, toys, and gifts.

The earliest known origami models were simple geometric shapes, such as a crane or a boat. Over time, more complex models were developed, such as the traditional Japanese paper cranes. The crane is the most popular origami model and is a symbol of peace and hope in Japan.

In the 20th century, origami became an international phenomenon. Origami books, magazines, and instructional videos became available, and origami competitions were held around the world. Today, origami is still popular in Japan, and there are many origami societies, clubs, and classes.

Origami has also been used in modern art and design, with some artists creating abstract sculptures and installations out of folded paper. Origami has also been used in engineering, with scientists creating origami-inspired robots, satellites, and medical devices.

Origami is seen as a way to bring people together and to share cultures. It is a symbol of peace, hope, and unity.

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