The only Museum of origami in the West is in Zaragoza

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Posted July 29, 2016 by zaragozaturismo in Culture

The Origami Museum of Zaragoza (EMOZ) is a unique place in Europe. There are two other museums in the world dedicated to origami: one in Japan and other in South Korea, of traditional origami. The one in Zaragoza is considered the best of the world on its category.

This museum has a permanent exhibition, which is renewed every three months with works that belong to the museum collection, and temporary exhibitions of approximately three months. The rooms count with QR codes to follow with the mobile the explanations in different languages.

Noshi figure

Noshi figure

The tour begins in the origins of origami in Japan. The first figures created with paper were called ‘noshi’ and served to save the sticks. Currently, the ‘noshi’ are used in Japan to get a symbolic amount of money and give it away in the New Year to their loved people (it’s more expensive the paper used that the money that it contains).

In the exhibition, you can see designs of Miguel de Unamuno. The writer was also a great origami-maker and designed several figures. But without doubt, the father of modern origami is Japanese Akira Yoshizawa, one of his original works is exhibited on the EMOZ.

We can found from small pieces of paper that represent animals or film characters, to representations of nature that occupy a whole room. In the EMOZ we find for example a reproduction on paper of a seabed. It’s one of the impressive works for visitors.

Classroom for the workshops

Classroom for the workshops

In addition to the exhibition space, they have a classroom workshop where they teach how to do origami figures to children and adults.

Trivia:

  • Every August 6 the Virgen of the Pilar wears a cape of origami.
  • A sheet of paper can be folded 7 times maximum.
  • Zaragoza’s origami group is the oldest in the world, starting its activity in the school Pedro Cerbuna in 1944. Currently, Mondays at the 19.30 h. the up-to-date gather at Café de Levante to make figures and share different experiences.

In our photo album you can see more images of these incredible works of art on paper.

We encourage you to visit this amazing Museum unique in Europe!


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