ALUMNI PROFILE: YOSHIHIRO MIURA, DPT 2016, CONSTRUCTS HIS THANKS

Posted by vanessa on June 15, 2016

By Vanessa Corwin

At the reception following this year's Convocation, Yoshi Miura gave out little boxes to each of his classmates, PT faculty and staff.

Upon opening them, the recipients were surprised and delighted to find beautiful, intricate, small origami constructions, each one neatly packaged inside its own little nest. Each construction was the same design, but with different color schemes. The objects are called kusudama, (see photos) which means "medicine ball" in Japanese.  In ancient times, aromatic herbs were placed inside them and they were hung in order to ward off illness and evil spirits.

I asked Yoshi what was behind this project. He explained that during undergraduate school, he got the idea to make little gifts for people, and at Columbia he decided to do the same. "Everyone was so supportive," he recalled. "Everyone in our class really helped each other out.  Same for staff and faculty".

With a graduating class of 56, not to mention faculty and staff, Yoshi had his work cut out for him.  He started working on this project during the summer of his first year with the PT program.  He found the design on the Internet. The biggest challenge was choosing the paper, finding just the right size and colors.  "It's mostly an issue of size", he noted. "If you have to cut the paper, even a small deviation in size can mess up the design.  There was a lot of trial and error at the beginning."

Yoshi originally learned origami from his grandmother but continued on his own. He finds doing origami relaxing, and he enjoys making origami objects for friends, "especially those I haven't seen for a while."

What's next for Yoshi? Studying for the Boards, and finding a job as PT in an outpatient orthopedic setting.

Kusudama made by Yoshihiro Miura, DPT 2016Yoshi shows off one of his creations

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