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The Long Lantern
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design I call the Long Lantern (to distinguish it from the Lantern, which is folded using a different method). 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 earliest appearance of this design that I know of is in 'Kindergarten Shoho' (Preliminary Kindergarten) by Iijima Hanjuro, which was copyrighted on October 4th Meiji 17 (1884) and published by Fukuda Senzo in August of Meiji 18 (1885).



There is a drawing of a Long Lantern in a print by Ogata Gekko. I am indebted to David Humphries of for telling me that 'this print is part of a small format album titled Nihon Jo Reikshiki (loosely Etiquette for young Women). The album itself was published by Matsuki Heikichi in 1898.'



A drawing of the Long Lantern 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.


Diagrams also appear:


In 'Origami: Folding Paper for Children' by Claude Sarasas, which was first published by Kodansha in Tokyo in 1951.



In 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964.