Colorado Springs, Colorado (PressExposure) September 11, 2013 -- Get a Japanese experience by attending an Origami Seminar, the Japanese Art of Paper Folding. Taught by a master from Okinawa, Japan, Tomiyo will show you this artist craft of origami and teach you to make your own. Popular with young children and adults, this seminar will take place on September 28th, 2013, at 10:00 am. The location is the United States Karate Academy at 207 Rockrimmon Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Call 719-388-2020 to reserve your attendance. The seminar is free and donations are welcome.
Origami, the Japanese Art of Paper Folding, can be traced back to the 17th Century. It is a popular pastime that can help both adults & children, learn to have patience, learn the value of perseverance and learn how to work towards perfection. Origami can be a difficult art for anyone to learn, and even more difficult for small children. One of the most famous and well known Origami designs is the Japanese Crane. The crane is an important part of Japanese culture and it is said that anyone who folds 1000 cranes will have their hearts desire come true.
The instructor, Tomiyo, will use this seminar to talk about and show the Japanese culture to all ages. Participants will learn how to create a fish from origami and to write down their dreams inside the fish. The origami fish are then cast into the "ocean" on the floor, and participants try to fish their creations using a string made from washi paper. Participants will see how many dreams they can catch. Along with teaching origami, Tomiyo will teach about the mentality of Japanese harmony in Japanese art. She will also show how to wear kimono, Japanese dress.
Tomiyo moved to the States from Okinawa with her three daughters. She soon noticed a discomfort in her eyes and was diagnosed with Bietti's Crystalline Retinopathy, a rare genetic disorder. As there is no known cure or treatment, the disorder causes inevitable blindness. Faced with her future blindness, she was struck by a spark of inspiration upon touching the washi paper (Japanese traditional paper). Her dream is to spread this art form to her fellow Americans. Now Tomiyo has lost 70% of her sight. Rather than feel defeated, she has made the best of her situation by creating art and introducing others to the art of origami that all can enjoy by using their sense of touch. She also hopes to convey to her audience that sight is a very special and precious gift. Her mission is to have her audience think about that gift. Tomiyo's greatest happiness is spreading a positive attitude, so that others may overcome their problems and have a great life.
Reserve your spot at the Origami Seminar on September 28th, 10:00. Space is limited, so register early. You will love this educational and cultural event. Remember the seminar is free and donations are welcome. Call 719-388-2020.