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Origami-Palooza & The Great Paper Airplane Contest

August 26, 2018

Origami-Palooza & The Great Paper Airplane Contest
Sponsored by the East and West Japan Center Malls
August 26, 2018

Learn from origami experts to create amazing things with paper. More than a dozen teachers and activities for folders of all levels.


Join members of Rainbow World Fund as they gather wishes and cranes for the World Tree of Hope. Named one of the most ‘Beautiful Trees in the World’ by American Express Travel, this famous tree appears during the holidays in San Francisco’s City Hall.

Fold with a Master. Join Robert Lang, origami extraordinaire and an American physicist who is also one of the foremost origami artists and theorists in the world. He is known for his complex and elegant designs, most notably of insects and animals.

Folding Class with Robert Lang “Mary Anne’s Butterfly”: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Sold Out)
This is a High Intermediate class for a butterfly with antennae (see ). Class size limit: 25. Materials provided. Time: 2 hours.
Lecture by Robert Lang “From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes”: 1:30 – 2:30 PM (80 Spots Available) (Sign Up Here –
The last decade of this past century has been witness to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. I will discuss examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, space telescopes, and more. Time: 1 hour.

Origami Challenge @ 3:00 PM
Enter in one of two categories- SINGLE SHEET (folded from a single uncut sheet) and MULTIPLE SHEETS (3-D, Modular or any multiple sheet origami). Each category will be judged on folding technique, interpretation and presentation. The Origami Challenge will be judged by Robert Lang, local Origami Experts and Community leaders.

Prizes include gift certificates, lessons, books, paper and more! If you cannot attend and would like to enter your origami, models can be mailed to Paper Tree at 1743 Buchanan Street, SF, CA 94115. Models must be received no later than Friday, August 24, 2018. For more information, call 415-921-7100

Paper Airplane Challenge @ 2:00 PM

Fold an awesome paper airplane with The Paper Airplane Guy John Collins- the world record holder for paper airplane distance! Fine tune your airplane as he shares his secrets for amazing airplanes. Then get ready for the Paper Airplane contest!
All registration will be done onsite.

All Activities will happen at the East Japan Center Mall, 1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115 between 11am-4pm.

All activities are free and sponsored by the East and West Japan Center Malls.

When: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: East Japan Center Malls
Cost: Free