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The Mushikago
 

This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Mushikago, which translates as 'Insect Basket'. The Mushikago is a variant of the Warterbomb. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other important information that should be added. Thank you.

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

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A version of the Mushikago under the name 'Le Vase Japonais' appeared in Booklet 1 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932. The closed box is turned into an open-topped vase by the simple expedient of cutting the centre of the top away.

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The same cut version of the design appears, as 'Vaso japonÚs', in Booklet 3 of 'Figuras de Papel', a series of 3 booklets published by B Bauza in Barcelona in 1932.

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The cut version also appears, as 'El Centro de Sobremesa' (Table or Desk Centre) in the extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951.

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