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The Star-Shaped Box
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Star-Shaped Box. 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.

It is interesting to note that this design was first published in both Japan and France in the same year. This raises two equally intriguing possibilities, either that Isao Honda could have learned this design during his time in France and that it may not be, as is usually assumed, a traditional Japanese design, or, of course, conversely that it may indeed be a traditional Japanese design, and that Isao Honda popularised in France during his time studying there.


In Japan

As far as I know this design first appears in Japan in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was published in 1931.


In Western Europe / USA

'La Nature' Issue 2855 of 15th April 1931 contained an article by Albers headed 'Pliages de Papier' and subheaded 'Le Sac a Bonbons' which explained how to make the Star-Shaped Box. Albers comments, roughly translated, 'Several similar folds have been sent to me by different readers, MM, Larrier, a Marseille, E. J, a W etc,. Because they bear a great similarity to the box above I have not published these folds ...'