Origami Exhibits/Demos at Cherry Blossom Festival

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Paper Tree will present origami exhibits and demonstrations as part of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival over the next two weekends in San Francisco Japantown.

This year, the Paper Tree, an origami and art supply store located in Japantown’s Buchanan Mall, celebrates its 44th year of participation in the Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1967, as part of the festival’s cultural arts, sisters Vicky Mihara Avery and Linda Mihara sat at a table demonstrating origami in front of Paper Tree’s original location in the Japan Center.

Through the years, the origami exhibit has grown to include live demonstrations, amazing exhibits and tables staffed with volunteers who teach simple origami models to festival-goers. It’s the only interactive exhibit in the festival.

The new exhibit locations:

Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Japanese American Citizens League National Headquarters, 1765 Sutter St. (between Buchanan and Laguna)

Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. (between Buchanan and Webster)

There will also be a special auction of origami models with proceeds benefiting the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

At the Paper Tree, 1743 Buchanan Mall (between Post and Sutter), there will be a special tribute to Eric Joisel (www.ericjoisel.com/index.html), whose works include a pangolin created with just one piece of paper.

For more information, call (415) 921-7100 or visit http://paper-tree.com/.

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