source : Origami Tanteidan Magazine by Maekawa Jun
Origami is the art of paper folding.
The word "ORIGAMI" comes from "ORU" which means "fold" in japanese, and "KAMI" which means "paper".
Origami was born with paper, in China, 1 century A.D .
This art lasted through centuries first orally (this is why we have only simple models from this period)
until 1797 when the first model was diagrammed on paper : "How to fold one thousand cranes".
One of the masters in paper folding is undoubtedly Akira Yoshizawa, father of modern origami.
He created, in addition to an important number of models, the system of lines and arrows used nowdays
to describe recent models.
Akira Yoshizawa, who began origami in 30's, is older than 88 and is very popular in Japan.
There are different practices of origami :
Origami in action
Story telling origami
Subway ticket origami
X fold origami
This list is far to be complete ...