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The Minogame / Ancient Turtle

This page is being used to collect information about the origami design known as the Minogame (Ancient Turtle). 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.

The long point at the back of the design represents trailing seaweed.

The design is developed from the Tenjin Shrine base.



As far as I know this design first appears in appears in issue 11 of the Japanese children's magazine 'Shokokumin' in 1894 under the title Game (Turtle). The Tenjin Shrine base is called the Tenmangu Shrine here.



A similar design, although the legs are developed differently, appears in 'Origami Moyo, Book One', by Kawarazaki Kodo, which was published by Unsodo in Japan in 1935.