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How to Easily Make One of the Summer Seasonal Traditions, Cicada from Origami – How do Cicadas Live thier Lives?

 

Hello! I’m a writer of KARAKURIJAPAN, Yonosuke! I’ll introduce an origami work today.

It’s a good chance to touch traditional Japanese culture. Let’s try!

How to Make One of the Summer Seasonal Traditions, Cicada from Origami

 

Source:http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/heartcatchprecure522/5729564.html

 

This time I’ll introduce how to make an easy origami cicada.

There are many origami works in Japan from long ago, but the origami cicada is not so familiar to us. Right! You can make a cicada from origami!

Speaking of cicadas, they shrill. While I’m writing this article, I hear cicadas shrilling through the window.

When I hear cicadas shrilling, I feel summer is coming. And when I become unable to hear that, I feel the end of summer. Cicadas are exactly one of the summer seasonal traditions.

How do Cicadas Live thier Lives?

 

Cicadas stick on trees, shrill as loud as they can, and finish thier lives with short time. Many people think they have short lives.

However, they live long among insects rather than short.

According to one estimate, they lives thier childhood under ground for 3 to 17 years long. It seems longer than your expectation, doesn’t it?

Sometimes they lose thier lives while this time because of moles or fungus in ground. And after this time, they go on ground in evening when there are no enemies like hornets to start emergence. They have no guard while emergence, so there is danger as well to be targeted by enemies. And when they finish emergence and become imagos, they finally start shrilling.

It’s nothing special to hear cicadas shrilling when summer starts, but they shrill at the risk of their lives.

Once I know that, their shrill sounds respectful.

 

How to Make an Easy Origami Cicada

 

Then I’ll explain how to make an easy origami cicada. You can see the details in the video. Please watch it!

 

1.Make a diagonal crease, turn it 90 degrees, and fold it diagonally.

 

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▲At first, make a diagonal crease, then trun it 90 degrees, and fold it diagonally.

 

2. Fold it to put the right and left apexes together with the upper apex.

 

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▲Fold it to put the right and left apexes together with the upper apex. Then it should look like this picture.

 

3. Fold the corners back obliquely.

 

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▲Fold the corners back obliquely. This part will be cicada’s wings. You should find proper angle.

 

4. From the top, fold it down to put it upper than the maximum, and fold the rest one down so that you can see a little white part.

 

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▲From the top, fold one part of paper down to put it upper than the maximum. And then fold the rest one down so that you can see a little white part. If it looks like this picture, you’re correct.

 

5. Turn it over, and fold the both sides to make it thin.

 

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▲Turn it over and fold the both sides to make it thin. This is the most difficult step. You have to arrange the shape so that it has the shape of cicada on back side. And make sure it’s folded well because it’s thick .

When you turn it over, the cicada is completed.

 

Completion of an Origami Cicada!

 

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How was it? The cicada is easy to make among origami works! And it exactly represents a real cicada.

Please try making it!

 

KARAKURIJAPAN introduces many other origami works! Origami is one of the Japanese cultures which you can experience easily!

Please enjoy Japanese culture by origami.

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