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The Nagakabuto / The Party Hat
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the paperfolding design known as the Nagakabuto / The Party Hat. 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.


In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


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


In Europe and the Americas


As 'Party Hat' in an article by Robert Harbin published in 'The Observer' of 7th February 1960.



The same design appears as 'The Party Hat' in 'Party Lines' by Robert Harbin, which was published by the Olbourne Book Co in London in 1963.



The 'Party Hat' also appears in 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964.