A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


Folded artistry – Mt. SAC hosts origami workshop

How to fold like a pro from a pro
Robbie Doctor
Origami was once viewed as an elite class of artistic expression but is now one of the most recognized art forms.

Promoting mindfulness, relaxation and cultural appreciation. Origami, a Japanese word meaning fold [ori] paper [gami], has been around since 105 A.D.

Mt. SAC’s International Student Center hosted the Origami Essentials: Learn to Fold Like a Pro event last Thursday, March 21.

The event was hosted in building 9C-5 in the International Students Center. In the center, several booths were set up to allow students to try their hand at folding origami and Japanese snacks.


At Ayaka’s Japanese snack booth, students could try kabayakisan which is an individually wrapped crispy savory treat made with seasoned mirin, soy sauce, seasoning and finished with a grilled style. (Cassidy Olson)


Most of the students in attendance came to support their friends in the Japanese Program. The program has been hosting five students from Oberlin University, a partner university in Japan.

During the student’s two-week visit, they had the opportunity to volunteer in Japanese classes and cultural workshops.

The Japanese program at Mt. SAC has been participating in hosting students from Oberlin University since 2021.

Ayaka Funaki, 20, a student at Oberlin University majoring in Japanese, helped oversee the Japanese snacks station. She shared with the students at the event which snacks were her favorite.

“I’m excited to have people try something new,” Funaki said when asked what her favorite part of the origami event was.

Many students from Mt. SAC’s advanced Japanese language course, Japanese 5, attended the event. Most of the students hosted by Mt. SAC from Japan are enrolled in the advanced class and have formed friendships.

Yanlokchan, 20, a mechanical engineering major, is in JAPN 5 and came to the event.

“I was learning Japanese, I just wanted to have a farewell with the Japanese students,” Yanlokchan said.


Origami booths had at least one demonstrator present to explain the step-by-step instructions to fold flowers, cranes and several other designs. (Cassidy Olson)


The five Japanese students who were visiting Mt. SAC and the United States for two weeks have since returned to Japan after their final field trip to the Huntington Library.

The ISC always has events and workshops that are open to all students and encourages students to stop by for a visit at building 9C-5. Depending on the week, students can expose themselves to various cultures from clubs and organizations here at Mt. SAC.

How to fold an origami butterfly

For those unable to attend, SAC Media has you covered with a quick tutorial on how to fold an origami butterfly. It may seem tricky at first, but within two minutes, you will be able to dazzle your friends with this impressive folding art piece.

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About the Contributors
Cassidy Olson, Co-Features Editor
Cassidy Olson is the Co-Features Editor. She has been in the journalism program since 2022 and  likes to cover feature and sports stories. A fun fact about her is that she is double jointed.
Robbie Doctor, Managing Editor
Robbie Asuncion Doctor is the Managing Editor. He has been on staff since Fall 2021 and is an avid Sports and A&E reporter. Some of his favorite hobbies when not watching sports or movies include cooking, martial arts, traveling and wine tasting. A piece of advice he would give to his younger self is never hesitate to ask for help and trust your instincts. His biggest pet peeve is drivers who don’t use their turn signals. Email: [email protected]

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