When Japan gave origami to the world, she gave us a beautiful art form - a way to express intricate objects with simple folded lines. Origami, the art of paper folding, was developed in Japan perhaps 1,000 years ago. Paper itself had only come to Japan a little while before, and it was still an expensive and valuable material. And so the art form began as a highly structured one, with rigidly fixed styles that required extensive training from an expert to learn. There could be no room for error or experimentation. But, to the delight of thousands today, simpler forms were developed over the centuries, and the price of paper is down. Now this colorful and decorative hobby can be practiced by people from around the world without spending much money.
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