On Thursday, April 27, 2023, Origami Spirit Membership hosted an interview with Yuko Taniguchi, assistant professor of Medicine and Arts, at the Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota, Rochester.
A poet and novelist, Yuko regularly collaborates with artists and healthcare professionals to explore how creative activities lead to self-discovery and healing.
Between 2018 and 2020 Yuki conducted research into how creativity, specifically creative writing and origami, had a positive impact on adolescents between the ages of 12-18 who were hospitalized in an acute-care inpatient psychiatric hospital setting. The title of her paper is “Utilizing Creativity for Adolescents’ Recovery in Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital (IPH)”.
Yuko Taniguchi is the author of a volume of poetry, Foreign Wife Elegy (2004), and a novel, The Ocean in the Closet (2007), both published by Coffee House Press.
In the following segment––excerpted from the hour-long conversation––Yuko talks about how origami can be helpful as an aid to falling asleep. To introduce this concept, Yuko reads her poem Pretty Pink Paper Pig Penelope. In addition to this interview, you might also be interested in the following posts referencing the health benefits of origami.
Full interview available to Origami Spirit Members
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“Creativity is a space inside us. It’s an open field that invites us to run around freely, extend our arms randomly, explore the things that call our attention, capture our stories in ways that only we can, and share the stories to connect with others. Everyone has such a field inside.” ~Yuko Taniguchi