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The Folding Box
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design which, for want of a better name, I call the Folding Box (following Isao Honda). 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.

The Folding Box is a version of the Basic Box folded from a 3x2 rectangle.

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In Japan

1751

This illustration of the Folding Box is taken from 'Onna Shorei Shutaizen' by Tatsunobo Kitao which was published in 1751. Sourced from 'Oru Kikoro', the catalogue of an exhibition on paperfolding history held in Tatsuno City History and Culture Museum in 1999.

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1843

This print by Kunisada Utagawa showing a Folding Box can be dated to 1843. Sourced from 'Oru Kikoro', the catalogue of an exhibition on paperfolding history held in Tatsuno City History and Culture Museum in 1999.

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1844

This print, also by by Kunisada Utagawa, and also showing a Folding Box, can be dated to 1844. Sourced from 'Oru Kikoro', the catalogue of an exhibition on paperfolding history held in Tatsuno City History and Culture Museum in 1999. The rectangle in the bottom right corner is an overlap from another print.

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1912

A drawing of the Folding Box appears in a monozukushi-e print, by an unknown artist, but said to be from the Meiji era. I have temporarily assigned it the date of 1912, the last year of that era, pending the discovery of more accurate information.

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1959

The Folding Box appears, under that name, in 'How to Make Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published by Toto Shuppan Co. Ltd in Japan. by McDowell Obolensky of New York in the USA and by Museum Press Ltd of London in England, in 1959.

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