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Origami: Book One by Florence Sakade, 1957
 
'Origami: Book One' by Florence Sakade, was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1957.

A full copy of the work can be found online here.

All the designs are folded from squares without using cuts.

According to her obituary at News | SWET: The Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators: 'Florence Sakade, died in Tokyo on February 21, 1999. She was eighty-two years old. At Charles E. Tuttle Co., where she worked for more than forty years, she edited, designed, and produced hundreds of books—many of them prizewinners and longtime best-sellers for the company ... Florence’s life spanned three continents and most of the twentieth century. She was born in 1916 in Tottori Prefecture. When she was six years old, her family moved to Canada, where she was educated until she returned to Japan to attend Tokyo Women’s Christian College in the 1930s. After graduation she rejoined her family in Hiroshima, where she studied the traditional arts, worked in a kindergarten, and became a licensed pharmacist. After an arranged marriage, she lived with her husband in Manchuria for a little less than three years. She was detained, together with her young daughter, in what is now North Korea upon trying to escape the turmoil of World War II. After the war, she returned to Hiroshima, where she began working on children’s books for a Hiroshima publisher. Traveling often to Tokyo (at that time an 18-hour train trip) to obtain materials from the Civil Information and Education section of GHQ, she met Charles Tuttle, and began working for him when he set up his publishing company ...'.

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The Introduction

As is usual with Japanese books on origami of this period, the author shows no awareness that paperfolding is already an established recreational activity in Western Europe / the USA or that some of the designs presented in the book are originally traditional Western European designs.

The introduction does, however, contain some interesting contemporary information about the Paper Crane.

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The Designs

Dolls

(Simple Prince and Princess Dolls - the Prince has a pointy head.)

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Fan

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Sailboat

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Santa Claus

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Christmas Tree

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Flowers - The Morning Glory / Carnation

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Cup - The Paper Cup

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House - The House

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Helmet - The Kabuto

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Ship

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Lantern - The Muff

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Fish

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Windmill - The Windmill

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Swan

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Crane - The Paper Crane

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