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Crane and Tortoise Designs
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history folded Crane and Tortoise Designs. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.



As far as I know a design of this type first appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.



'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964, contained diagrams for two designs collected by John M Nordquist and said to have been made by Yoshinaga Ogawa of the Ogasawara School, probably in Kyoto during the Early Meiji Era (1868 - 1912), one of which is a Helmet, with Tortoise and Crane