Densho Origami

Traditional Japanese Figures for Everyone

  • Edited by Kodansha International
Densho Origami

Size: 250×190 mm, 310 g
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
500 illustrations
ISBN10: 1-56836-382-6
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-3820
Release date: Oct. 1, 2010

List price: $14.95

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Thirty-five basic and popular origami figures, with over 500 highly-detailed, 3-D computer-generated instructional diagrams. Origami is a beloved way to communicate in Japan, a way for children, parents, and grandparents to spend time together over cheerful conversation. Children give it to each other as a mark of friendship. Even adults give origami to supplement a main gift, writing a short message on it. Origami can be a heartwarming present for a sick friend in hospital, encouraging them to get well soon.
Many origami shapes have been handed down for generations, and there are certain figures that have been stylized, becoming simple, minimal shapes that can be easily folded. These are known as densho origami—"densho" meaning "heirloom"—a reflection of Japan's cultural traditions. Modern Japan has Westernized, but densho origami has spread all over the world, binding people together.
This book, containing 35 densho origami (including some new versions of traditional figures), shows how to enjoy origami, with over 500 detailed illustrations. Colorful, finely printed paper makes beautiful origami, but you can use a square of any paper, including yesterday's newspaper or a piece of copy paper, and fold densho origami anytime and anywhere.

 

CONTENTS
 

  1. TRIANGLE FOLD
    Tulip
    Cat and Dog Face
    Animal Puppet
    Dove
    Cup
     
  2. ARROW FOLD
    Kimono Dolls
    A Little Bird
    Carp
    Whale
     
  3. HEXAGON FOLD
    Card Case
    Fox Mask
     
  4. RECTANGLE FOLD
    House
    Piano
    Kimono
    Balloon
     
  5. LONG RECTANGLE FOLD
    Catamaran
    Sailboat
    Pin Wheel
    Pig
    Butterfly
     
  6. RECTANGULAR PAPER
    Airplane
    Hat
    Hopping Frog
    Ninja Star
     
  7. CUSHION FOLD
    Edo-style Jacket
    Edo-style Pants
    Crow’s Beak
    Sumo Wrestler
     
  8. SAMURAI HELMET FOLD
    Samurai Helmet
    Cicada
    Turtle
    Goldfish
     
  9. SQURE FOLD
    Crane
    Morning Glory
    Star Box