Asian Geographic

Creasing Currency



No.88 Issue 3/ 2012


Origami with a valuable twist

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Yosuke Hasegawa In 105 AD, Tsai Lun, a servant of the Chinese emperor’s court, invented the papermakin­g process from which primitive forms of the paper folding art of origami also originated. As with so many other Chinese inventions, this papermakin­g process eventually spread to Korea, Vietnam and Japan. Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan in the sixth century, and it would be around the same period that origami really took off. The very first Japanese origami was used for religious ceremonial purposes only because of the high cost of paper at that time.

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