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Onna Chohoki, 1692 and 1847
 
This page attempts to record what is known about paper folding in the 'Onna Chohoki' (Women's Treasury) which was first published in Japan in 1692. 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.

This book summarizes the knowledge and manners the author, who was possibly a woman herself, believes to be necessary for women's daily life. The interest from a paper folding perspective is that some of the illustrations show paper butterflies attached to sake kettles and other containers and that there is a section at the back of the book devoted to formal wrappers / tsutsumi.

A new edition edited by Takai Ranzan and with illustrations by Katsushika Oi, Katsushika Hokusai's daughter, was issued in 1847. The format of the pages dealing with formal wrappers / tsutsumi was changed. Some of the illustrations are clearer than the original. as far as I can tell thee is no new material relating to paperfolding.

A full copy of the 1692 original can be found at https://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2543235 (Information from Masatsugu Tsutsumi)

A full copy of the 1847 edition can be found at https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?assetId=1613199120&objectId=779005

Pages from the 1692 original version

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Pages from the 1847 edition

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