Japan Society of Fairfield County
art of paper folding, has been enjoyed by children and
adults over the centuries in Japan. In recent years, it seems
increasingly popular among school children in the U.S.
On February 28, 2010, the Japan Society of Fairfield County held an
Origami Class at the Children's department of Stratford Library as part
of their monthly craft program for children. The class started with the
introduction of the society by Mr. Harry Sakamaki, the president of the
JSFC and was followed by a speech by Ms. Tess Beck, of Stratford
Library. Naomi Manning, a JSFC member and an organizer of this event,
and a team of 10 volunteers from both the Japan Society of Fairfield
County and the local Japanese community, taught Origami in an intimate
and lively atmosphere at Lovell Room of the library.
27 children from Stratford and its neighboring towns learned how to
fold tulips, frogs and "Pikachu" a popular anime character from
Pokemon. After making origami, the children put their work into pots
made of plastic cups, like flower arrangements. This was an idea
suggested by Kazumi Inoue, also a JSFC member, who have helped hold
Origami classes elsewhere. Some enthusiastic children went very
creative, making smaller scale tulips and Pokemons.
Thanks to Kazumi Inoue, Junko Uezumi, Hiroko Sakamaki, and Yoko Kawai
Kurimoto (JSFC members) and other volunteers, the class was successful
and enjoyed by all participating children.
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