There is some controversy over whether origami originated in China or in Japan. Indeed, both countries can boast a long history with this paper craft. China has been credited with inventing paper, however, and there is a good possibility that the tradition of folding it into shapes and special designs started there, perhaps as early as A.D.100. On the other hand, the word origami is Japanese, and historical records show that paper arrived in Japan during the sixth century. No one disputes the fact that the Japanese helped the craft evolve into an art form that eventually spread throughout the world.