Lillian Yajima Teaches How to Make Beautiful Origami From Recycled Materials

On Tuesday, November 11th, Tomodachi held an origami-making session led by Ms. Lillian Yajima, JASH president Lenny Yajima’s mother. The event was held at Lillian’s home, where Lillian taught her ten guests how to create two types of decorative envelopes and also a square gift box, providing creative and sustainable ideas for the upcoming holiday season. It was remarkable how these simple yet elegant creations could be made from old or recycled materials. Lillian constructed the gift box out of old calendar paper and leftover Christmas cards and decorated the envelopes with flowers made from recycled aluminum lids found on yogurt cups. Tomodachi Chair Kazuko Love remarked, “It went really well. Lillian’s origami display was so colorful and impressive! The origami envelopes for money gifts are so intricate and useful.” Attendees were also treated to Lillian’s homemade lilikoi chiffon pie and lilikoi juice, made fresh from homegrown lilikoi.