The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will hold its annual Pasadena Origami Festival on Sept. 30 from 12 – 4 p.m. as part of this month’s Open Day Last Sunday.
Traditional Japanese origami has been practiced since the Edo period (1603–1867) and now beginners and experts alike can enjoy this ancient craft in the setting of a beautiful Japanese garden.
In a garden turned into an outdoor paper folding classroom, a community of children and adults will have the guidance of experts to help them transform the flat squares of origami paper, provided by the garden, into delicate sculptures to treasure or give as gifts.
Experienced paper folders from the Pacific Ocean Paperfolders (POP) – as well as the garden’s own Origami Club teacher, Nick Cavallo-will show participants, step by step, how to make fanciful forms such as Japanese peace cranes, flowers, boxes, frogs, and even heart-shaped greeting cards.
There will also be lectures and book-signings that will include storigami with origami artist and children’s book author Joel Stern, “New Expressions in Origami Art” with Meher McArthur, “The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki” with animator and arts activist Sue DiCicco.
Japanese tea will be served and Japanese snacks, origami books, and origami paper will be for sale. Picnics are welcome. Reservations are required and may be made here.