Fukurou: The Origami Owl
Making an Origami Owl
The Origami owl or “fukurou” is among the crane and the fish as one of the most popular Origami designs. The owl is simple enough for beginners to master.
If you are already an experienced Origami artist you will probably recognize some of the folds used to create the Origami owl. It incorporates the bird base, a common base for numerous different Origami bird and non-bird designs alike. It involves a number of corner folds, and when finished it will resemble a parallelogram shape with wings on either side.
High-quality Origami paper is essential to the process of making any Origami creation. Origami Craze paper is designed specifically for creating Origami. It is lightweight and easy to fold, yet it is very difficult to tear and holds a crease well, so it’s perfect for Origami artists of all ages and skill levels. It comes in 35 vibrant colors, so you can use your imagination when it comes to making your Origami fish.
The Origami owl tutorial video will walk you through the process of making your fukurou step-by-step. The tutorial will provide you with clear visual instructions that are easy to follow. You can take your time and pause the video as needed while you create your own Origami owl.
Don’t worry if your first Origami owl doesn’t come out exactly like the one in the tutorial. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it. Fortunately, Origami Craze paper comes in packages of 225 and 500 sheets so you can try as many as you need to!
The Symbolism of the Owl
Many different cultures have revered the owl for a variety of different reasons. In North America the owl tends to be thought of as a wise creature. In pop culture they are often portrayed as scholarly and serious.
The belief that owls are wise can probably be attributed to ancient Greek mythology in which owls were associated with Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Later on, the owl was imprinted on Greek coins, causing the owl to eventually become associated with the accumulation of wealth.
Some Native American cultures also have a history of traditions and legends regarding the owl. Owls were seen as protectors, and natives of some tribes wore owl feathers in the hopes of warding off evil spirits.
The Japanese did not originally see the owl as a symbol of wisdom nor of wealth. Instead, the owl, or fukurou was associated with luck. Like a number of other Asian cultures, the Japanese place a great deal of value on the idea of generating luck and good fortune. For this reason Japanese people, even in modern times, may carry or wear an owl charm in the hope of attracting good luck and warding off bad luck.
While the fukurou will always be a symbol of luck in the Japanese culture, modern Japanese have also come to think of the owl as a wise creature. This is probably due to the influence of western culture on the east, thanks to the ease of the exchange of ideas brought about by modern technology like the Internet.