Monday, October 24, 2016

Carpe Diem #1079 folding paper

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

© Chèvrefeuille

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A new episode has started. This time I started with a haiku and I must say I like that way of starting. Today our prompt is another tool for art and creativity, folding paper, as in origami that beautiful Japanese way of folding paper.

origami ni yama to tani ari tsuru kaeru

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

© Kawaguchi Hitoshi

I found this haiku about folding paper on the Internet and had to share it here because of its beauty. The oldest unequivocal document of origami is a short poem composed by Ihara Saikaku in 1680. It reads: Rosei-ga yume-no cho-wa orisue (The butterflies in Rosei's dream would be origami.) Here he referred to an origami model called Ocho Mecho (Male and Female Butterflies) as "orisue." The Japanese use it to wrap sake bottles mainly at the wedding ceremony.

Ocho Mecho
It is obvious what this origami model means, the both parts fit each other like a glove. Ocho Mecho is often used in weddings, but also in coming of age ceremonies.

first sunlight
caresses our bodies
we unfold

© Chèvrefeuille

Origami is a nice art and very aesthetic ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 29th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, a new Universal Jane, later on. For now .... have fun!


  1. Origami is such a beautiful, delicate form of art and a perfect prompt for writing. The haiku you have found by Kawaguchi Hitoshi to me unfolds almost like an ancient Japanese ink wash painting. Inspiring. Like your haiku-especially the second one...unexpected, with lovely touch.

  2. These are lovely both haiku and art

    much love...

  3. Kris, so beautiful and sensual your second haiku.

  4. I agree with Celestine on that second haiku. An involuntary "aah!" escaped me as I read it!