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Le Kiosque Japonais
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as Le Kiosque Japonais. 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 this design first appeared in an article in the French children's magazine 'Mon Journal', probably in 1900, although I have not been able to identify the exact date of the article.



The design also appeared in 'La Nature' during the 2nd Half of 1931(I do not know the date or issue no) in an article by Alber headed 'Pliage de Papiers' and subheaded 'Le Kiosque Japonais'.



The design also appears in Booklet 4 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.


A design called 'Kiosco japonÚs' appears in Booklet 3 of 'Figuras de Papel', a series of 3 booklets published by B Bauza in Barcelona in 1932. I have not seen an illustration from the booklet but in view of the connection between this series of booklets and 'Images a Plier' it is almost certainly the same design.



The design also appears as 'Festival Lanterns' in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. The text notes, ' Many of these can be seen in the Pleasure Gardens of Kure, Japan. They are made of stone.' I have not, however, been able to verify this information.