My genius friend, Ms. Reiko Tanaka made me this incredible origami dragon.  It took her close to 4 hours to make!  She used a a piece of metallic, wrapping paper from a box a sweets measuring approximately 50cmx50cm.  The pattern came from  the book “Genuine Origami and instructions by Mr. Jun Maekawa. Reiko says Mr. Maekawa is a genius, but I say she is a genius for just figuring out how to fold this 9-inch long beast.

I named her “Delia”- which I thought was a friendly-sounding name for a dragon who would reside near my paper “castle”.

If you’re up for the challenge, try folding your own dragon for 2012: the Year of Dragon.  Reiko recommends thin and strong washi.  I’m sure there are at least a few choices at Paper Connection.