Chieko “Chi” Nakano is a lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. She teaches the art of origami every year at Tucson Meet Yourself. Origami, or the Japanese art of paper folding, is said to have a history of more than a thousand years. Making origami is something all Japanese girls—and most boys—grow up doing. For generations, the Japanese have used these small squares of colored paper to stretch not only the imagination but also the manual dexterity of their children, all the while never losing sight of the most important element: having fun.