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Origami 3
Tsuru no On-gaeshi
(A Repaying Crane)
Part Two:
The wife wove the material again and again. The hunter came to live in comfort. However, little by little, his wife got thinner. One day, she said that she could weave the fabric no longer. She was weak. Her husband had learned greed, and asked her to weave once more. At last she was persuaded and started to weave again.
She did not come out of the weaving hut on the third day. Three days passed. The hunter got worried, and finally broke their promise and peeked into the weaving hut. To his surprise, it was not a woman but a crane that was weaving fabric.
The next morning, his wife came out from the weaving hut with the last fabric in her hands. She said, “you have seen my true form, so I cannot stay with you any longer.” And then, she turned into a crane and flew away, leaving the hunter crying.
of Spain during the Inquisition (Judith gave me a look, but then softened into a smile), the Spanish developed papiroflexia, which sounds to me like some sort of inflammation of the Pope’s ligaments. Anyway, this technique is still popular in Spain and Argentina.
Modern origami owes its existence to a man named Akira Yoshizawa. In the 1930’s, Yoshizawa designed thousand of models of various subjects. He is the originator of the system of lines and arrows used in modern paper folding. He exhibited his work throughout the west in the 1950’s and 1960’s and helped inspire many paper-folders in the west as well as Japan.
As origami evolves, elaborate folding techniques produce amazing models.
Technology does not govern origami, however; true origami artists concentrate on the artistry and beauty of origami. Today’s artists use new paper types and inventive compositions that will evolve into even more
amazing creations in the future.
Speaking of the future, life with Judith gets better and better. The other day I heard her rustling around in her office. I knocked and heard more noise. Then a beaming Judith answered the door, attempting to block my view. She held something crumpled in her right hand. I looked over her shoulder and couldn’t believe my eyes. Strung across the ceiling and walls were the most incredible cranes, looking as if they were holding hands (or wings, I guess). I looked at Judith for an explanation. She hugged me tightly and whispered in my ear, “Clyde, it’s for you, to show my love. I’ve created one thousand cranes as a symbol of my love for you.” She extended her palm and showed me a crumpled crane. “You frightened me when you banged on the door. I guess I have only 999 cranes... just one to go!” I held her in my arms as she told me about her plans for us to renew our vows.­­ “Judith, darling, Can we afford another wedding?” She slammed the