Paper Tree is Oficially a SF Legacy Business

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Paper Tree is now a San Francisco Legacy Business

Paper Tree is family-owned and operated and is celebrating its 50th year as a retail store in Japantown. The company sells origami papers, artisan papers, books, art supplies, gifts, and cards. Services include private classes or parties in store or at the customer’s venue, school field trips, design and creation of artwork, design services and props, commercial origami for stop motion or film, exhibits, installations, and corporate events.

Paper Tree and its products and services help to continue the tradition of origami and maintain the legacy of Japanese art through classes held at the store, including origami folding, Japanese gift-wrapping, and other Japanese art forms. All their work is Japanese inspired.

A 2014 report by the City’s Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office showed the closure of small businesses had reached record numbers in San Francisco. Commercial rents in most neighborhoods had risen significantly. The report drew connections between the city’s high level of commercial evictions and skyrocketing rents. While rent control laws shield many residents from exorbitant rent hikes, no such laws exist for businesses. State law does not allow restrictions on commercial leases. An alternative effort to assist the city’s legacy businesses was needed.

Inspired by programs in cities such as Buenos Aires, Barcelona and London, Supervisor David Campos proposed legislation and a ballot proposition that would become the Legacy Business Program. It was introduced in two phases.

  • Linda Mihara
Folding Money

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Carp Model - Designed and Folded by Won Park

Amazing Models Designed and Folded by Won Park

These images show some amazing models designed and folded by Won Park.  His new book should soon be available at our online store.  Keep your eyes open.

Butterfly Money Origami

Carp (Koi) oney Origami

P-51 Mustang Money Origami

F-4U Corsair Money Origami

F-4 Phantom Money Origami

A-10 Warthog Money Origami

F-14 Tomcat Money Origami

Sopwith Camel Origami

SUK01 SU-27 Money Origami

ME-262 Money Origami

Popular Origami Figures Made from Money

Folding dollar bills (or larger denominations for some people) are a fun way to leave tips and express yourself using money.

Lincoln from the $5 bill wearing a baseball cap

The Bull is one of Linda's favorite models.  

Money Fold Pig

 The Pig, complete with curly tail

Money Fold Fox

The Fox, folded from a $10 bill

 Money Fold Baby Dragon

Baby Dragon

Lincoln Eagle

Lincoln Eagle

 Money Fold Elephant

Money Fold Elephant


Delicate Seahorse





Want to get started with dollar bill origami? Check out some of these books

  • Linda Mihara
SF Giants Japanese Heritage Night 2018

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Linda at SF Giants

Every Year Paper Tree participates in the San Francisco Giants Japanese Heritage Night by teaching Origami to the fans.  A great time is had by all.  The usual models are a baseball and a Giants Jersey, which the kids particularly enjoy.  Watch for announcements next year in May.

Folding at the SF Giants

SF Giants Jersey Origami

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Congrats Mayor Elect London Breed

Congrats Mayor Elect London Breed 0

London Breed Paper Tree
Congratulations Mayor Elect London Breed.  Neighborhood Girl Makes Good
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The Guardian on Japantown's 50th Anniversary
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1,001 Cranes

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The History

According to Japanese lore, if you have a wish, fold one thousand origami cranes and your wish will be granted.  If feudal Japan, brides would take upon this task called sembazuru in Japanese, in hopes that they will be rewarded with a long and prosperous marriage.

Today, family and friends will fold sembazuru for weddings, or as a get0well wish for someone who is ill, or to celebrate a special anniversary or birthday.  Sembazuru is also an art where the cranes are arranged in the shape of a family crest or other meaningful design and then framed and presented at the wedding reception or specal event.  This becomes an heirloom to be passed down through the generations, a modern symbol of a traditional art form.

Recently, sembazuru has developed into a worldwide phenomenon where communities gather together to fold cranes as a wish for world peace.  People from all walks of life and from all over the world fold sembazuru and send it to Hiroshima's Peace Park to wish for peace, and the hope that the tragedies of the bombing of Hiroshima will never happen again.

For more information email us at  To plan your own 1,001 crane art, visit  Below are some examples of projects we have done over the years.
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  • Linda Mihara