About Me


This is a page run by a Japanese origin individualresiding in NYC. I call myself, “Hayrow Kitty” – where this nickname came from is a very long story. (And will be explained in a later post)

I grew up in Japan almost all my life.  I started learning origami from my mother when I was 3. I quickly picked up how to make paper cranes (tsuru or 鶴), and began making them as tiny as possible – sometimes so tiny that I had to use toothpicks. 

My passion towards origami flourished as I grew up, and whenever I had time, I made different kinds of origami for fun. My personal project with my 5th grade homeroom teacher was to create my own origami patterns and record them in my book.

However as I grew up further, sadly, I had little free time and my interest shifted – I was not involved with origami for several years. Many years passed, and it was when I first studied abroad in the U.S. and Canada as a high school exchange student that I started folding origami again. My first idea was to catch attention and begin a conversation with unfamiliar people by making origami pieces from scrap paper.

Now that I found out that people would also like to learn how to fold origami, I decided to start a blog about it. I hope to help you learn, and would appreciate your feed back – either negative or positive – I would like to continuously improve my instructions.  Please let me know your ideas, opinions, and request along with comments on blog from CONTACT FORM








  1. Okka
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 17:16:20

    Very interesting!!


  2. Oto
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 05:52:01

    So cool!!
    Ee yanka. Condo ha 2len crane wo lesson shite.


    • Hayrow Kitty
      Feb 07, 2011 @ 08:33:29

      Hi Oto!
      Thank you – I’ll try my best to explain it to you next time, then! Thanks for commenting!


  3. Menmen
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 18:27:49

    So cute!!
    Please teach “origami” to my daughter when you return to Japan! :)
    ….(I can speak English a little……lol )


    • Useful Origami
      Feb 28, 2011 @ 21:46:28

      Dear Menmen,
      Awww… Thank you so much for your comment! And I will do that zettai!! :)


  4. umedrai h mehta
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 06:40:57

    dear kitty, very cute,i wish you good luck. umed


  5. thaichai sae kee
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 19:49:27

    can you make twin birds so many like dragon


    • Useful Origami
      Sep 19, 2011 @ 19:33:52

      Dear Thaichai Sae Kee,
      Some people actually make a very long and complex connected birds – like this and this .
      I hope as you progress your skills in origami, you can try on your own like them!


  6. Avinash Mahajan
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 13:56:13

    Dear Kitty, I’m a teacher in a school in rural India. I try to teach ORIGAMI to my students. I find your story and instructions very interesting and ‘useful’.Thank u very much.


    • Useful Origami
      Dec 12, 2012 @ 13:37:58

      Dear Avinash,
      Thank you for leaving your comment! That’s inspiring to hear that you are teaching origami to your students :) Good luck and please let me know if you need any help!


  7. E
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 22:20:10

    I really like to make cards out of fancy origami and these swirly things, (i think they are called tato). I’m making lots of christmas cards right nooooow!


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