It is very important to keep all your folds crisp and clean. The Book - fold a piece of paper (rectangular or square) down the middle vertically making certain the opposite edges line up one on top of the other. For many origami figures you will need to add another book figure - open the paper and make another fold across the middle horizontally again, making sure the edges lie one on top of the other. Although it's unknown exactly where origami was first used, this activity was and continues to be an important part of the Japanese culture. An activity that involves folding a piece of paper has been for generations used both as a pastime and as a challenge. There are very basic forms of origami and there are very complicated forms of origami. However Japan is recognized for its highly developed origami art. What originally began as a pastime has been transformed into a form of art that is admired by many. Origami involves making a given number of folds and creases in a single piece of paper. This can be achieved in basic origami projects such as a paper airplane or demonstrated in complex origami projects such as spaceships. Individuals in this category might be considered origami artists and have their work entered in competitions and showcased at art shows and in art galleries. It is amazing at just what can be created with origami. Learning the art of origami should certainly begin with basic projects. Reading books for origami beginners can be a great help. Finding Information about Origami Origami, initially used as a hobby or pastime has various uses in today's society. This art form is still enjoyed by many as a hobby however it has found a place in other different areas. Because it includes mathematics, origami is used in schools to teach children. Using origami as a teaching tool helps to make learning math more enjoyable. Gifts: Colorful paper frames, bandanas or handkerchiefs folded into flowers or birds, lace envelopes to hold your personal note, delicate lace birds to hold your valentine, cranes (a symbol of luck) as a mobile or garland like string, book covers, book marks and dozens of other unusual gifts that you can be sure they won't get two of!