Ocho Mecho

paper-folding hands
caress of nimble fingers
butterfly romance

© Kim M. Russell, 2016


My response to Carpe Diem #1079 folding paper

Chèvrefeuille started this episode with a haiku of his own to introduce another tool for art and creativity, folding paper or origami, and then gave us a beautiful example by Hitoshi:

a paper boat
on drift in a puddle
strands on a pebble

© Chèvrefeuille

origami ni yama to tani ari tsuru kaeru

in folding paper
there are mountains and valleys . . .
cranes flying home

© Kawaguchi Hitoshi

He also gave us some background on the oldest unequivocal document of origami: a short poem composed by Ihara Saikaku in 1680 that reads: Rosei-ga yume-no cho-wa orisue (The butterflies in Rosei’s dream would be origami), which refers to an origami model called Ocho Mecho (Male and Female Butterflies) and which the Japanese use to wrap sake bottles mainly at a wedding ceremony.

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