Origami is the art of paper folding. A square sheet of paper is used to create by folding two- or three-dimensional objects like animals, boxes, flowers or other stuff. Modern origami models are sometimes very complex and it often takes several hours to fold them.
2. Small Modellhouse ~ japanese style ~
If you are good in working with wood, you can find small miniature traditional Japanese houses at some handcraft stores in Japan (Tokyo Hands, Kiddy Land..). Those small houses can be easily made by putting together all parts using glue. The sets usually include all parts you will need also the painting which makes the old style looking.
3. Chirimen Crepe Fabric
Chirimen Crepe fabric is one of the traditional Japanese fabrics (originally from the edo period) used for kimonos and hair accessories.
4. traditional fabrics
Traditional Japanese fabrics are mostly very simple in its design and color. Very popular is the indigo fabric with white light stiches. They can be used mostly for everything to give your home a Japanese touch. How about some nice traditional style pillows for sitting on the floor or some Japanese patchwork style carpets for your wall? It all depends on your creativity.
There are also very nice typically seasonal fabrics like in a cherry blossom or autumn foliage design. For Japan lovers who prefer it more colorful and sweet, there are also fabrics with geishas, sushi rolls or the cute Japanese Shiba dog. Those fabrics are perfect for bags or blankets.
The origin of the Chiyogami goes back to the Edo, when paper makers began using wood stamps to print color samples on paper, which they used for kimono fabrics. The beautiful designs are printed on kozopaper, which is made from the bark of the mulberry tree, formerly in a scoop, nowadays mainly mechanically. These magnificent papers are mostly used for making paper dolls, boxes or tea caddies.
Often Chiyogami is also called yuzen paper. Yuzen originally meant the very detailed and artfully fabric designs in the textile industry of Kyoto, which always contained some gold parts.
After the kimono production in Kyoto reached its peak (after 1600) many patterns were also transferred to mulberry paper. Nowadays these papers are called Chiyogami.