Today I went to give an origami lesson at a birthday party. The birthday girl was turning 7. I heard from her mom that she loves to "build things," so I thought it would be fun to make these spin tops, which are made of 3 pieces of paper each. After folding 3 pieces of paper, they are assembled together without glue or tape. They are not only fun to spin but also pretty like flowers! It was a bit challenging for them especially toward the end, but they all managed to finish making them.
After the lesson, I asked the party host (the mom) to write a check to Mercy Corps, instead of writing me a check. I brought the check to Mercy Corps at Cherry Blossom Festival, which I went right after the party. This origami lesson was tribute not only to the birthday girl, but also to my beloved country.
I met up with my friends at the Cherry Blossom Festival, watched some taiko performance, walked around and admired the beautiful flowers, and then browsed Saturday Market too. It wasn't sunny like I hoped, but it was at least not raining or hailing. It was a good day.