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The Sedan Chair / Kago / Palanquin
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Sedan Chair / Kago / Palanquin. 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 drawing of a Sedan Chair design first appears in 'Kindergarten Shoho' (Preliminary Kindergarten) by Iijima Hanjuro, which was copyrighted on October 4th Meiji 17 (1884) and published by Fukuda Senzo in August of Meiji 18 (1885).


Diagrams for a similar (but perhaps different) design appear in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was published in Japan in 1931.