Origami Tea Kettle
Fold your own origami tea kettle.
Asian Art Museum Storyteller Jeff Byers tells a Japanese folktale about a magical raccoon-dog, or tanuki, who uses its shape-shifting powers to reward its rescuer for his kindness. In Japanese, “bun” is distribute, “buku” is fortune, and “chagama” is tea kettle. “Bunbuku chagama” roughly translates to “happiness bubbling over like a tea kettle.” A “chagama” (茶釜) is an old style of Japanese tea kettle used for traditional tea ceremonies. They are often round with two rings, one on each side for carrying and/or hanging over an old-style indoor fire. We have an example in our teahouse at the Asian Art Museum.