Origami Christmas Tree at Minamoto

When I left Fortnum & Mason, I walked across the street to the Japanese bakery Minamoto Kitchoan and found this golden origami Christmas tree.
Minamoto kitchen tree
The shop’s own sign explains that the tree combines western culture (the Christmas tree) and Japanese art (origami).  Three thousand square sheets of paper were each folded into the shape of a bird without using paste or scissors.
Minamoto kitchen sign
Can you see the shape of the birds in the next photo?
Minamoto cranes 2

[UPDATE: In response to the challenge in the comments below, I’m standing up in defence of Japanese sweets.  Maybe “bakery” wasn’t the right word.  Would “confectioner” be better? I bought  chocolate mochi, apple jellies and matcha pancakes, as shown in the next photo.]

Minamoto sweets

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13 Comments Add yours

    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      It is beautiful, and so different from all the other trees in London.

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  1. Prettiness indeed! Loved the birds. 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      From a distance you can’t see that the tree is made of birds: the shape of the cranes only shows up when you walk into the shop.

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  2. Japanese … BAKERY?! That is an oxymoron if ever I saw one! 😉

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Ha ha! Yes I’ve been so disappointed with cakes and bread in Asia. Chinese, Japanese and Indian food that looks like a loaf of bread, or a cake, and tastes of Nothing. But Japanese sweets do look so pretty – I’ve added a photo just for you.

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      1. Aw, those cellophane-wrapped filled pancake things… I mean, PLEASE! For a people with such a sophisticated culinary tradition in all other aspects, this is just plain embarrassing 😉

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        1. Karolyn Cooper says:

          You’re right. I’m feeling too mellow to argue. I learned a Spanish word at lunch today at the Iberica restaurant in London – “porron” – a strange-looking wine decanter. Are they used in Toledo?

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          1. I have no idea… this vocab is too specialist for even me 😉 I shall keep an ear out for it…
            Porro, without the “n” at the end is a slang word for “joint”. At least I’ve got the essentials down to a pat 😉

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          2. Karolyn Cooper says:

            Then my wine-filled lunch is nothing: you are probably way more mellow than me.

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          3. I wish… I’ve got a Portuguese lesson in a couple of hours, I need a half-way functioning brain.

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  3. Thanks for coming by my blog! That is a pretty awesome Christmas tree! I never understood how one could concentrate that long to create all those cranes! =0) Merry CHristmas, too!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I agree. I wouldn’t have the patience to make those origami crane. I would just end up sitting on the floor surrounded by a golden pile of scrunched-up torn-up rolled-up paper.

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