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The paperfolding of Kosho Uchiyama

Kosho Uchiyama (son of Michio Uchiyama) was born in 1912 and died in 1998.

He is much more famous for his writings on Zen Buddhism than for his origami.


The Origamian of Winter 1967 contains an article by Toshie Takahama titled 'Origami in Japan Today' in which Kosho Uchiyama is mentioned.

Wikipedia has an article on him which concentrates on his buddist writings Kosho Uchiyama - Wikipedia which contains in the bibliography - Uchiyama, Kosho (1962). Origami. Tokyo: Kokudosha.

There is a German edition of this book Origami: Uchiyama, Kosho: 9783824114085: Books

About — Everett Zazen Group gives a picture of Kosho Uchiyama with one of his (heavily cut) origami creations.

Kosho Uchiyamam is mentioned in David Lister's article 'A Miscellaneous Collection of Jottings on the History of Origami' which was written in 1998.

We have futher light on this from the Uchiyama family. You may have heard that Kosho Uchiyama died last March in his 80s. A Buddhist priest living in a monastery, Uchiyama was of the same generation as Yoshizawa, and shared an interest in Origami. In 1958 he published a colorful book of Origami for children called "Origami Zukan", which was compared at the time with Yoshizawa's "Origami Tokuhon", which was published the previous year, 1957. The difference was that Uchiyama's book contained more cutting than that of Yoshizawa. Although Uchiyama had some fine models, the standard of his folding was not as fine as that of Yoshizawa. Neverthelesss, he was a close rival and Kosho Uchiyama went on to publish several more books for adults and children, which (according to the newly prevailing ideas, frowning upon it), contained much less cutting.