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[Origami Lessons] How to Simply Make an Origami Rose and an Introduction to its Floral Meaning


Hello! I’m a writer of KARAKURIJAPAN, Yonosuke!  Today I will be introducing one of Japan’s cultural traditions, origami!

This time I will be introducing how to fold a rose! In Japanese rose is said Bara.


What is Hanakotoba(Flower-Language)?




Do you know hanakotoba(the language of flowers)?



What is hanakotoba?


A meaning is given to a specific flower according to its characteristics and iconic image. Examples include: lily means chastity, an olive flower means peace.



It is also known as the Language of Flowers.

Easily put, it is a meaning given to each flower.  I think many of you have heard of the word before.  But, it is not commonly used in everyday life.

However! It may be beneficial to know the hanakotoba of the rose.  Especially for men!

Let me explain.


What is the Hanakotoba for a Rose?


The hanakotoba of a rose differs between its color, but in general it holds the meaning of “love” or “beauty”.  Apparently the hanakotoba for the rose is the most popular.

The reason why it is beneficial to remember the hanakotoba for a rose is because it can be used in our daily lives!

That’s right! When you give a gift to your someone special!




Since the hanakotoba for a rose is “love”, it is often seen as a gift presented during a proposal.

Incidentally, the meanings start to change depending on the number of roses, and the most common number used for a proposal is 108 roses, because it holds the meaning “Will you marry me?”. Oh so romantic!

Therefore, all the gentlemen out there, let’s keep in mind the hanakotoba of the rose!  There might be a time when you will need to please your special someone!


We’ve strayed a little off topic, but now let’s move on to how to fold an origami rose!


Easy Instructions to Fold an Origami Rose


The instructions will be explained here, but there are more detailed instructions on the video.  Please refer to the video for further detail!


1, Fold the paper diagonally both ways and make guiding creases, then bring in all four corners to the center


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▲Fold the paper diagonally both ways into a triangle and open it up to create guidelines. Then fold each of the four corners so that all points meet in the center where the creases meet.


2, Again fold each corner into the center. Repeat one more time.


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▲Fold the corners into the center again to make it smaller.  Once finished, repeat the step by folding the newly made corners once more.

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▲You’re on the right track if you end up with something like this!

3, Flip over your creation and fold in the corners again to the center.


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▲Turn over and fold in the four corners.  At this time, the paper has become very thick, so make sure to tightly fold each step.


4, Flip over again and open up each layer of corners to make the petals.


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▲Turn over the entire thing and fold back the corners centered in the middle one layer at a time.  Once you see the white stop.  You should be able to reach the white layer after folding open three layers.

Lastly fold up the petals to make the rose three-dimensional!


The Rose is Completed!


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Now the rose is completed! Oh! At first it looked complicated but it’s surprisingly easy!

And the final product portrays the intricate details of a rose! Amazing! This will definitely be an impressive gift to your girl!

But when you actually do a proposal, make sure to get real roses.


So how was everything? At KARAKURIJAPAN we introduce many other origami instructions too.

You can make anything with just a single sheet of origami paper! Please, why not give it a try!?

See you!

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