Every time I left Japan, I went home via the Narita Airport and I always managed to have some spare time to revisit the beautiful Japan Origami Museum located in the Central building of the Terminal 1 (at the 3rd floor). And almost every time it was a pleasant surprise to discover new dioramas on display.
Today, I just want to share with you this simple but beautifully made origami version of the old Japanese story Kasa Jizo, “Jizo with braided hats". And the story goes like this:
Once upon a time, there lived and old man and his wife. At the end of the year, the old man went to sell braided hats since they had no food to celebrate New Year.
Unfortunately, the old man could not sell a single hat. On this way home, he found six Jizo that had been snowed. He covered the heads of the Jizo with the hats he carried and as he had only five hats, he gave to the last Jizo the hat was wearing.
When he returned home, he told his wife that he failed to sell a single hat and instead, had put them on the heads of six Jizo. The old woman approved him and said: “You did a good thing.”
At night, while they were sleeping, they heard heavy thuds outside the house. They went out and saw that six Jizo wearing braided hats were leaving after putting a lot of rice and food at the doorstep. Thanks to the food brought by the six Jizo, the old man and his wife had a happy New Year.
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