Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
Origami (Part 1) by Isao Honda, 1931
 
'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda was published in Japan, in Japanese, in 1931. I do not believe it has ever been issued in an English language version. As far as I know it was the first of Honda's books on origami to be published. I do not know whether Part 2 of the work was ever published and if so which designs it contained.

I do not read Japanese but as far as I know Honda does not give historical information about the designs he includes so that it is not possible on the basis of this book alone to distinguish between those which may be traditional Japanese designs, those which may be Froebelian designs imported to or developed in Japan, or those which may be Honda's own inventions.

A full copy of the work can be accessed at www.dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1879609

The contents are:

**********

Emperor and Empress Dolls

**********

The Dove

**********

The Pig

**********

The Japanese House

**********

The Nightingale

**********

The Fox Mask

**********

The House

(This appears as a step towards the folding of the Piano rather than a design in its own right).)

**********

The Piano (The Organ)

**********

The Purse

**********

The Train

**********

The Seal

**********

The Crow

**********

The Pigeon

**********

The Penguin

**********

The Kabuto

**********

The Turtle

**********

The Cicada

**********

The Goldfish

**********

The Cicada

**********

Nagakabuto (The Party Hat)

**********

Carrier Pigeon

**********

Paper Plane

**********

The Crane

**********

The Kimono

**********

The Swallow

**********

The Dragonfly

**********

Heron (The Standing Crane)

**********

The Crab

**********

Nesting Crane

**********

Crow with Legs

**********

Kago (Palanquin or Sedan Chair)

**********

Bird Base Picture Forms

**********

Hibachi

**********

Postman

**********

Compound Slit and Fold Designs

**********

The Octopus

**********

The Blow-up Frog

**********

Candy Bowl (Star-shaped Box)

**********

The Pepper

**********

The Lily

**********

The Basket

**********

Fox Face

**********

Morning Glory

**********

Preliminary Fold Box

**********

The Balloon (The Waterbomb)

**********

The Sparrow

**********

The Masu

**********

Waterbomb Variation

**********

Pleated Butterfly

**********

Peacock

**********

Windmill Base Picture Forms

**********

Table

**********

The Double Boat

**********

Windmill Base Patterns

***********

Gigarette Case / Compound Purse

**********

Noshi

**********

Envelopes with Noshi

**********

Crane Envelope

**********

Kimono

**********

Plain Envelope

**********

Unidentified Decoration

**********

Purse

**********

Kimono

**********

Crane

**********

Tortoise

**********

Crane and Tortoise

**********

Prism

**********

The Pipe Cap

**********

Unidentified Design

**********

Fan

**********

Dahlia

**********

Orchid

**********