Origami is the art of paper folding and for centuries has been a recreational activity of the Japanese to foster creativity in people, particularly among the young. Taking a flat piece of paper and applying folding techniques, a myriad of sculptures can be created, from simple to very complex.

A symbol of peace and healing for the Japanese, legend has it that folding 1000 paper cranes will help grant your wish. In the spirit of peace, we invite you to fold a Peace Crane for the Canberra Nara Candle Festival. We also have provided instructions to create a beautiful flower candle holder, to help celebrate your own Tokae at home.

Paper Lantern

Provided by the Embassy of Japan in Australia. Enjoy creating a paper lantern at home.

Koinobori – carp flag

Provided by the Embassy of Japan in Australia. Enjoy creating a Koinobori or carp flag at home.


Furoshiki is the ancient art of Japanese fabric wrapping, used to both wrap and transport important, treasured items. Originating in 710 B.C. during the Nara period, this practice is now used worldwide. The word furoshiki refers to both the square piece of cloth or fabric used and the craft itself. The fabric often has an elegant, decorative design and has transformed the art of gift-giving.

Green Tea Recipes

Visit Yamaguchien for a range of delicious green tea recipes and brewing instructions using matcha, from cakes and biscuits to traditional tea.