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Genuine Origami book cover

Genuine Origami

by Jun Maekawa

Published:
2008 by Japan Publications
Pages:
160
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN:
4889962514

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Skill Level : From low-intermediate to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Excellent photos
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No, but there is a recommended starting size
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Most are

Overall Impression

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This is Jun Maekawa's first book since the publication of Viva! Origami in 1983, and contains a few of his older designs, as well as many new creations. Most of the older designs have been re-worked and re-diagrammed for this book.

Maekawa's style is "Genuine Origami" in that all is achieved by folding alone - shaping is pretty much unnecessary, and the final model is clean-looking, with defined lines and straight edges. Most models could be folded successfully from any available paper. The folding process itself is a lot of fun, involving interesting and innovative moves.

Each model has a "Theme", or concept, which can be the shape of paper, a certain mathematical idea, or a folding move. Each theme is described in fascinating short paragraphs, with the models being used as illustrations of these concepts.

The models progress in difficulty, with each new type of step thoroughly explained as it is introduced in a model.

The diagram quality is very good, but I found it to be concise in places, involving several steps in one diagram or turning the model over before showing the results of the last step. The accompanying text does compensate for that, though. so I would recommend this book to all levels of folders. It has become one of my favorite origami books.

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Japanese Version:
Published: 2007 by Nichibou
Pages:160
Binding: Paperback
Language: Japanese
ISBN: 4817081279

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The Designs

Design Designer Page Details Photo
Rat

Mammals - Rodentia - Rats, Mice and Rodents

Jun Maekawa16SquareOrigami Rat by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Kraft origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Squirrel

Mammals - Rodentia - Squirrels

Jun Maekawa18SquareOrigami Squirrel by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Kraft origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Divided box

Boxes and Containers

Jun Maekawa20Square

Also in Tanteidan 11th convention

A very clever box, with fun moves, where the final "pop-up" move creates the box Also published as "X box" in Origami Tanteidan convention 11
Origami Divided box by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Spiral shell

Molluscs

Jun Maekawa21SquareOrigami Spiral shell by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of holographic paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Santa Claus

Religion and Holidays - Christmas and Santa Claus

Jun Maekawa22Square

Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in ORU Magazine 03
Origami Santa Claus by Jun Maekawa folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Giraffe

Mammals - Giraffidae - Giraffes and Okapi

Jun Maekawa23SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Stephane Gerard
Elephant 1

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Jun Maekawa24SquareOrigami Elephant 1 by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Gun Metal Pearlescent Swirl paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Elephant 2

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Jun Maekawa25SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Crane - transformed

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Jun Maekawa26Square

Folded from an off-center bird-base
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Stephane Gerard
Snake

Reptiles - Snakes

Jun Maekawa30Square

Some interesting box-pleating moves, but I don't really like the final shape
Origami Snake by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of animal-patterned origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Airplane

Vehicles - Airplanes

Jun Maekawa32Square

Also in ORU Magazine 12
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Samurai helmet

Clothes - Hats

Jun Maekawa34Square

Also in Viva! Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Origami Samurai helmet by Jun Maekawa folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Wild boar

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

Jun Maekawa36SquareOrigami Wild boar by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Dolphin

Mammals - Cetacea - Dolphins

Jun Maekawa38SquareOrigami Dolphin by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of textured origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Person

People

Jun Maekawa40Square

Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 098
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Japanese macaque

Mammals - Primates

Jun Maekawa42SquareOrigami Japanese macaque by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of textured origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Tree

Flora - Trees and Plants

Jun Maekawa44SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Hina dolls

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Jun Maekawa48Square
2 units

Each doll is made of 2 squares
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Stephane Gerard
Fujiyama module

Geometric and other shapes

Jun Maekawa51Rectangle - 1X2
12 units
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Ondrej and Radim Cibulka
Reindeer - teabag

Mammals - Cervidae - Deer and Moose

Jun Maekawa53Other shape

Also in Tanteidan 03rd convention

From a tea-bag wrapper
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Ondrej and Radim Cibulka
Connected cranes

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Jun Maekawa57Square
With cuts

Rokoan-style connected cranes, based on Golden section
Gift box

Boxes and Containers

Jun Maekawa61Square

A clever box
Origami Gift box by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Squid

Molluscs

Jun Maekawa62Square

Also in ORU Magazine 03
Also in Tanteidan 01st convention
Also in Folding Australia 2005
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Papillon dog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Jun Maekawa64SquareOrigami Papillon dog by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
3-headed crane

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Jun Maekawa66SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Stephane Gerard
Crane - standing

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Jun Maekawa69SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Cow

Mammals - Bovidae - Cows and Buffalo

Jun Maekawa74SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Stephane Gerard
Sheep

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Jun Maekawa78Square

Also in Tanteidan 08th convention
Origami Sheep by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of patterned origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Jun Maekawa81Square

Almost identical to the dragon published in Origami Tanteidan convention 6
Origami Dragon by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of double-sided Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Horse

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

Jun Maekawa85SquareOrigami Horse by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of textured origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Triceratops

Dinosaurs - Triceratops

Jun Maekawa88SquareOrigami Triceratops by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of mulberry paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Rabbit

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

Jun Maekawa92Square

Three-dimensional
Origami Rabbit by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Elephant-hide by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Tiger mask

Mammals - Felidae - Tigers and Leopards

Jun Maekawa94SquareOrigami Tiger mask by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of double-sided mulberry by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Devil mask

Imaginary beings - Demons

Jun Maekawa96Square

Excellent mask - with good locking and nice 3D features
Origami Devil mask by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Speckle-design paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Penguin

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Jun Maekawa98SquareOrigami Penguin by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Frog

Amphibians

Jun Maekawa101Square

Very nice and 3-dimensional
Origami Frog by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Elephant-Hide by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Pyramid (fractal)

Geometric and other shapes

Jun Maekawa104Square

Also in Tanteidan 04th convention

A fractal pyramid
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Chick

Birds - Galliformes - Hens and Pheasants

Jun Maekawa108Square

Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 088
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Peacock

Birds - Galliformes - Peacocks

Jun Maekawa111Square

Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 061
Origami Peacock by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Nicolas Terry's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Turkey

Birds - Galliformes - Turkeys

Jun Maekawa119Square

Excellent - with a fractal tail
Origami Turkey by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of duo origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Tyrannosaurus

Dinosaurs - Tyrannosaurus Rex

Jun Maekawa124SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Ondrej and Radim Cibulka
Eastern dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Jun Maekawa129SquareOrigami Eastern dragon by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Japanese foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Samurai-helmet beetle - flying

Insects

Jun Maekawa137SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Devil

Imaginary beings - Demons

Jun Maekawa146Square

Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 056
Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 056
Also in Tanteidan 01st convention
Also in Viva! Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara

Maekawa's modern classic
Origami Devil by Jun Maekawa Folded from a square of Trimaco masking paper (painted) by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
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