August 18, 2014

20th Origami Convention

In August 16,17, I went to Toyo University.
The 20th Anniversary Origami Tanteidan International Convention was held in that place.


Many people love origami visited there.About 450 people.


In origami convention,I could enjoy the exhibition,many workshops and dinner party very very well.
And I taught an origami squirrel(created by Mr.Maekawa) in one of the workshops.
It is my first time class on my life.Wao!


I'm so happy now.
Please come to the next convention.

September 14, 2013

Origami Deer


This origami deer have structure of Mr.Kawabata's Yoda.
And I imitated the finishing touches of Mr.Maekawa's reindeer.
Mr.Kawabata and Mr.Maekawa are very famous origami artists in Origami world.
I respect them.

--- Deer ---
The difficulty:***
Time to fold:30 minutes
Paper info:15cm * 15cm (Not cut anywhere)

August 26, 2013

Origami syuriken

You seem to know Shuriken is one of a Ninja's weapon.
I introduce how to make one on this page.


This is easy. Have fun.

August 25, 2013

Origami course update "Open sink"

Katakoto Origami Course update.
I introduce "Open sink" this page(Step8: "Open sink").
If you encounter this diagram, and you can't fold this. Please read that post.


I'm happy if you could fold.

August 16, 2013

Hercules Beetle the Before and After

In the summer, we go out to find and catch some insects.
It's so hot this summer, then I fold an insects in cool room.

By the way, I folded same model in July.2010.

I thought that my origami skill little progressed in 3 years.
Persistence pays off.

The leg, my favorite part in this origami.


--- Heracles Beetle ---
The difficulty:*****
Time to fold:3 hours
Paper info:30cm * 30cm (Not cut anywhere)
Reference book:Origami Zukan Konchu 2 (Origami Insects 2)

May 15, 2013

Origami frog on wet folding

Do you like a frog ?
Maybe, many people don't like it.
But I like very much.They are very cute and their eyes are very kind.

Today, I folded an origami frog.
I used water.
I wetted an origami paper after folded the frog, and I made a frog form.
When it dry out, complete.
The technique is called "wet folding".




--- Tree Frog ---
The difficulty:****
Time to fold:3 hours
Paper info:30cm * 30cm (Not cut anywhere)
Reference book:Works of Satoshi KAMIYA 2

February 19, 2013

Unit origami ball

Origami that made of one sheet, is not all of origami.
Origami made of many sheets of paper, is fun too.
The relish of one sheet origami and the fun of many sheets origami is different.
How different? Try it and you can catch faster than I explane.

This origami ball is made of many same parts.
Such origami is called "Unit Origami". In this case, 30 parts.

Let's enjoy unit origami.

1. Fold.


2. Fold.


3. Fold.


4. Turn paper over.


5. Fold.


6. Fold.


7. Memorize the point A.


8. Turn paper over.


9. Fold.


10. Memorize the point B.


11. Turn paper over.


12. Fold the point A toward the point B.


13. Unfold.


14. Fold the corner toward the corner. This time, the point A and B open.


15. Fold.


16. Turn paper over.


17. Fold.


18. Fold.


19. Unfold.


20. 1 piece complete.


21. Make more 2 parts.


22. Insert into the middle layer.


23. Repeat 22.




24. Make more 5 blocks.


25. And repeat 22 and repeat 22 and repeat 22 and......

26. Then complete.


Unit origami is not easy. Especially makeup is difficult.
However, the folding is easy in many case.
Witch do you like better, one sheet origami or unit origami?

February 2, 2013

Peacock with NASA wing

Super zoom! What is this?

This is origami peacock's wing.
How beautiful this pattern is.

This pattern is "ミウラ折り(miura ori)". This pattern is very famous.
What are you think about how it store solar panel of satellite in a rocket? It has to fold efficiently, and must unfold it easily.
"Miura ori" is pattern that lay parallelograms on the paper. It can fold easily and it can unfold simply. "Miura ori" is best.
In fact, NASA use "miura ori".
However, the preparing is bother. I had to fold many times.
First, I folded vertical divide by 32. And, I folded lateral divide by 32.
And and, I folded all diagonal line.
I took 1 hour for just preparing.
When I finished fold all, I gave a deep sigh.


--- Peacock ---
The difficulty:****
Time to fold:3 hours
Paper info:25cm * 25cm (Not cut anywhere)
Reference book:Honkaku Origami (Genuine Origami)
(My book review)

January 31, 2013

I recommend a book if you want to fold more difficult origami

I bought this book about 5 years ago.
When I read(correctly tried) this book, I became to be able to fold complex origamis.
If you can fold the origami crane(ori-tsuru) and you want to fold more difficult origami,
I recommend the book.

But if you can't fold the origami crane, I don't recommend. It is early for you.
I introduced how to fold the origami crane in this page.
I bought Japanese version, but English version is published too.
The title is "Genuine Origami".(Japanese name is "本格折り紙(Honkaku origami)")
I posted the link of Amazon.com.
However, I introduced how wonderful the book is below.
In this book, there are 5 parts.
For super beginner, for beginner, for middle, for advanced and extra.
Then, you will progress your origami ability if you fold the work in simple order.

In the part for super beginner, these origamis are introduced.
In these works, sometimes it is too simple to understand what this is when the first.
For example, what is this?
This is giraffe.
You don't look like giraffe? However, you think that "I can fold this because this is simple"?
Yes, it is easy.
If you have folded the all super beginner's works, you should go to next.

Next, the part for beginner.
There are works more realistic than before part.
You can recognize, kabuto, dolphin, monkey, boar, snake, doll and tree.
In this part, basic origami techniques are introduced.

In part for middle, more difficult works and more important skills are introduced.
I folded works of this part many times. I could train origami ability.
They are, horse, sheep, triceratops, dragon,
standing crane, 3 heads crane, rabbit, penguin, mask of tiger(it is not a bear,I have mistake that using brown paper), mask of devil,
cow, frog, present box, squid and papillon.
And the boss of middle area, pyramid.

By the way, the one by one works have the theme through the book.
For example, "realistic", "mathematical", "distinguish origami by using 2 colors" and "3 dimensional".
When looking at carefully, you may recognize they have another characteristic.
This book taught me various origami views.

Before I write about advanced part, I introduce about extra corner.
The book introduce mainly about origami works that made of 1 sheet of square paper.
However, origami is not only that.
Using 2 sheet of papers or using many parts or not using square paper should be called origami too.

In the book, such works are introduced like these.

Tea bag deer

Dolls displayed on the girl's festival day
This doll is not 1 sheet. The body and kimono are set.

Mt.Fuji module
This is called "unit origami". This is framed of 30 sheet of papers.
Not 1 square origami are interesting too, how about you?

At last, for advanced.
This part is the corpus of before.
The quantity of works smaller than middle part.
However, you will take more times than that.
Chinese dragon, flying beetle, devil, chick, tyrannosaurus, turkey and peacock.
I can feel that the book author is particular about Fingers, horns, wings and details.
If you folded these origamis and give to someone, they will be glad.
Me too, my grandmother is very glad!
And I can enjoy origami more and more.
When you have folded the devil, you will love origami.

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