Summer Special #1: Origami Festival

It’s the end of summer and time to look back at all the exciting things I’ve done.  Usually that statement is followed by this: sleeping in, watching TV, internet, reading books, repeat.

Not this summer.  I actually did stuff!  I got the adventurer and journalist in me to get out of the house and do what I really love: going places and seeing things.

My summer adventures began with something I’ve wanted to do for three years: going to the Origami Festival at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach.

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Photo from the garden’s website.

This event is held every summer and is open to the public.  There is a $10 fee but free parking right across from the garden.  They also have refreshments.

This year the festival was on July 14 and featured dozens of different types of origami from the basic to the complicated.  The festival is arranged with small tables spread throughout the garden.  The instructors range from Japanese experts to ordinary people with a passion and knowledge of origami.

This year the front of the garden displayed some beautiful geometric designs made using origami as well as special ones such as desserts, Yoda and cherry blossoms.

Probably the most well-known of origami, the crane, was all over the festival but never in the same form.  One of my favorite uses of the crane was the chain decoration, which is comprised of a thousand cranes strung together.

There are so many types of origami that I can’t possibly list them all here but some of the ones I saw (and made) were cranes, butterflies, roses, lilies, boxes, Yoda hats, turtles, and koi (carp).

There was also a traditional “wish tree” where people can write something they wish for on a piece of paper and then hang it up on a tree and hope it comes true.

I truly loved this event and am still kicking myself for never going before and for not going earlier in the day.  There was so much to do and so many people that one couldn’t do everything in one day.   My advice is to get there as early as possible because only so many people can fit at one table and it can get hot waiting in line so bring a fan and some water!

Make the most out of your summer.  Just because something happens every year doesn’t mean you should just keep putting it off.  It could be better than you even expected!

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