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Paperfolding in Elementary Schools in Japan

This page is being used to collect information about the history of paperfolding in Elementary Schools in Japan. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.





'later it (origami) was also introduced as a handicraft teaching material in ordinary and higher elementary schools. Handicraft courses first appeared in school education as an optional subject to replace "industry" in upper elementary schools (1886 elementary school ordinance). Rough translation from source (1)



'In the revision of the ordinance (1900 elementary school ordinance) it (ie handicrafts) was made an additional subject in ordinary elementary schools as a regular subject similiar to drawing and singing. Article 12 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Elementary School Order stipulates that "the purpose of handicrafts" is "to provide the ability to manufacture simple goods and to cultivate a habit that favors working," and "to produce paper, thread, and so on." Rough translation from source (1)



'handicrafts became a compulsary subject in upper elementary schools in 1926 and in ordinary elementary schools in 1927 and lectures and workshops sponsored by the Ministry of Education and handicraft research groups began to be held frequently.' Rough translation from source (1)



(1) ' A study on the history of origami and origami as a teaching material for kindergarten' Yuko Igarashi. Published in Urawaronso Vol 4, Urawa University. Available from Urawa University Repository.