In Japan, Creating Art from Orange Peels is Becoming a Huge Fad

 - Nov 18, 2013
References: en.rocketnews24 & designtaxi
As a kid, when you managed to strip off orange peels in one piece, it felt like a pretty impressive feat — now, it's an like an art if you can do it well.

Japanese "mikan" or mandarin oranges have become popular for creating "mikan art," which is like animal-shaped origami made from an orange peel instead of a piece of paper. Instead of carefully folding a sheet of paper, mikan art involves the careful unravelling of an orange peel in specific shapes to create the silhouettes of horses, rabbits and other creative creatures.

The unusual craft has been popularized by a book written by Yasuhiro Okada on 'New Ways to Peel a Mikan.' Some of the shapres created from orange peels is astounding and might even inspire you to take the peel off of the next orange you eat with a little more strategy next time.