Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”; kami changes to gami due to rendaku (Japanese Speech)
Origami was introduced to Japan by a Priest in 600 AD from China where it originated in the first or second century. This form of art became popular and developed in the cultural heritage of the Japanese people. One of the most popular Origami folding is the crane. The crane has carried a lot of messages throughout the Japanese history and culture. An example of these messages can be seen in the story of Sadako and 1000 cranes, where the message was world peace. In 2005, Touch of Creation Cultural Events (formerly East Meets West for Women) constructed their first giant Tsuru (over 6ft) while working on a City of Phoenix event called, Japan Night.
In 2011, Touch of Creation Cultural Events partnered with the Arizona Museum for Youth and broke its own record by creating a Giant Flying Origami Tsuru with a wingspan of 12 feet and 6 foot high.
Please check out our video below of this amazing project!