Into the fold was a project conducting research into the paradoxical relationship between the cultural relationship of sacred forests and the globalised trade of timber in Japan. Looking at the nationalist agendas of portraying the closeness to nature in the actions such as showcasing sacred forests during state visits, alongside another reality of importing tropical timber from neighbouring Asian countries and the mismanagement of domestic softwood plantations.

The research was embodied in an experience where viewers were just asked to participate in folding origami trees to build a sacred forest for the paper Shinto shrine installation. However unknowingly to the viewer, embedded in the origami paper was the narrative of the research, as the viewer engages with the folding the further the narrative unfolds.

Above : Instructions for folding a paper tree and the origami paper with pieces of research
Below : Installation station for folding the origami and placing folded paper tree by the paper shrine