a Training Workshop in Origami Japanese Art at the
April 30th, the Japanese volunteer, Yuki Ongo,
gave a number of training workshops on the Japanese paper
folding art known as “Origami” for An-Najah students. The
workshops aimed to introduce this type of art which emerges
from the history of the Japanese civilization and its
More than 25 students who are enrolled in the Young Leaders
training course which is organized by the Zajel
International Youth Exchange Program and the Office of the
University President Assistant for Graduate Affairs
participated in the workshop. In the workshop, Mr. Ongo
introduced the Japanese culture and heritage and trained the
students on the Origami art.
Mr. Ongo also participated earlier in the Scientific
Exhibition which was organized at the Faculty of Science on
April 20th through a special corner that
presented the Japanese culture; visitors to the Exhibition
were impressed by the Japanese culture and the origami art.
Also, Mr. Ongo participated in the Faculty of Fine Arts’
Exhibition where he played Japanese traditional music and
presented a number of shapes which he made using origami
paper. The students were introduced to the philosophy that
behind such art which is based mainly on creating original
shapes from paper without tearing the paper as an act of
respect to nature. Such art trains the brain on creative
mental work and the production of beautiful shapes using
only one piece of paper.
Three more Origami training workshops were organized in
which a hundred students participated and were trained on
creating unique and beautiful shapes from paper.
Muthnna Al-Deek, a student from the Faculty of Science, said
the Origami art is uniquely beautiful and charming and hoped
that the Palestinians would create similar arts so as to
communicate Palestine’s message to the world. Mr. Ongo
commented on the workshops by saying that nothing can
express a given culture better than the people of this
culture as this would add a great value to this culture.
He also said he sensed a great interest in the Japanese
culture especially the Origami art by the students who
listened attentively to the trainer’s instructions to turn
the pieces of paper into 3-Dimensional shapes.
Such workshops aim to familiarize the University’s student
with the world’s cultures, gain more experience with respect
to others’ traditions and habits and help in reinforce
global dialogue among different cultures and people around