Being half Japanese and living in Japan for half my lifetime I had the great pleasure of having origami in my life.
It all started in the States when I was a child and my bother and I were to introduce Japan to our classes. He was in kindergarten and I was in the 1st grade. My mother did all the preparation for the event and that is where I learned how to make hats and cranes. We made hats for all the kindergartners out of newspaper. I couldn't stop folding cranes and kept on folding till this day collecting and learning different folds. I have a whole zoo in the house and other stuff.
Here are my recent collections of folds.