Foreigners are proud of their kanji ability. As they should be. You worked your ass off to learn the thousands of characters and made them your own. So sometimes when you are with Japanese people, you can’t help but want to show off just a tiny bit. Especially when you get complimented on merely saying こんにちは.
Now some people think the trick is to be able to write out difficult kanji that a typical Japanese person can’t. I’m not sure why, but the top contenders for this are usually 薔薇(ばら), 醤油(しょうゆ) or 鬱(うつ). Because many foreigners often try to show off kanji writing that Japanese themselves don’t bother memorizing, it falls flat, and is usually unimpressive. It may even show that your Japanese actually isn’t that good. I’ve said before that real masters don’t show off abilities.
So if you are going to do something with kanji, it better be a real show (not showing off), and not just you bragging.
The solution is: One-cut Origami Kanji
This is the method of doing origami, and making only one scissor cut in the paper, yet being able to create highly complex kanji.
You do this, and you own. Simple.
Not only are you doing something that is impressive even if a Japanese person did it, but you are doing it as a foreigner. And it will knock over a Japanese person in that silly Japanese anime fashion where they fall upside down.
Ito Shintaro (伊藤信太郎), master origami guru, released an interesting user-friendly book, which teaches you how to make all kinds of designs with only one cut.
Get out some paper, a scissor, and these are some of the awesome kanji you will be able to produce.
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Want to take it even a step further? How about full kanji compound words?
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