Feb 23, 2010

Tell Me Your Fortune - Part IV

Fortune telling doesn't always have to be so serious. Think back to your school days and I'm sure you might remember someone (maybe even you) taking a piece of paper and folding it just so in order to tell your fortune.

The earliest mention of a game like this was in the early 1600s in Japan. This would seem to make sense, since the first origami (Asian folded paper art) is said to have originated in 1680. But the exact origin of paper fortune teller is not known.

The first mention of the fortune telling game in Europe is in the early 17th century. It is not known if a European learned the game in Asia first, or if the game developed on it's own in Europe. By the early 20th century, the game was firmly established and well known among children throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.

If a picture's worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth at least a couple of thousand. Below is a video that shows you step by step how to create your very own origami fortune teller. Amaze your friends, or at the very least, have some fun!


The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

I've been sending a link to this tell your fortune series to my sister and she totally loves it. She thinks the one with the three dice is spot on.
You have a brilliant week.

C R Ward said...

Simone: glad you and your sister are enjoying this series as much as I am!