The word Origami comes from two smaller Japanese words oru and kami. Oru is the root word of ori and means to fold. Kami is the word for paper. Paper was first invented in China in 105AD and was first introduced to Japan by monks who carried it back from China in the sixth century. Paper at the time was handmade and considered a luxury to have. Due to this, origami was only practiced for religious ceremonial purposes.
It wasn’t until the EDO period the origami became common place and was done for recreation. It was of course still used for ceremonial purposes during this time. Origami in this time was regarded as a form of art. The first instructions for Origami was called thousand crane folding (in English) and was first published in 1797 by Akisato Rito. Below you will find links about Origami and some pictures.