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X National Origami Festival

X National Origami Festival with the theme "Mountain fauna and flora".

For many years Daicel has been supporting popularisation of Japanese culture in Zarów, Poland. Therefore, once again, our company has become a partner and sponsor of the national origami festival which is organised by the Communal Centre of Culture and Sports in Zarów.
The aim of the competition is to popularise origami art among children, young people and adults as an attractive form of spending free time, as well as to develop and shape imagination, concentration and manual dexterity.
Participants could prepare models in three thematic categories, but no more than 2 models in the whole competition:
- classic origami (from one sheet of paper),
- modular origami (from several sheets of paper),
- origami 3D (from many sheets of paper)
- for children aged 4-5: "Mini origami of a toddler" - orgiami from a circle and a square, flat works on a sheet of paper not bigger than A4.

As every year, interest in the competition was great, and works were submitted from all over Poland, which indicates the growing popularity of origami art in our country.

We had the pleasure to participate in the post-competition exhibition and the presentation of diplomas and awards. Mr Atsushi Hatomoto, president of Daicel, congratulated the winners and shared some interesting facts about origami engineering: "origami techniques are used as engineering constructions and have applications in industries such as automotive, robotics and space exploration. In a lab at Meiji University, Ichiro Hagiwara, a pioneer in origami engineering, has developed a prototype printer that can be used for origami-based constructions. Mr Hagiwara believes that there is great potential for engineers to collaborate with origami artists and I encourage you to do so."

We hope that Mr Hatomoto's words will inspire the organisers and participants for the next festival theme.