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Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

by Satoshi Kamiya

2005 by Gallery Origami House
Japanese and English

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Skill Level : Complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No, but recommended starting size is provided
Are the models "Pure" origami (From square - no cuts)? Yes

Overall Impression

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Satoshi Kamiya is one of the leading "Technical Origami" creators in the world today. Most of his models, despite being ultra-complex and extremely detailed, still have a sense of beauty and are quite aesthetic and pleasing to look at.

This book was expected for a long time, and when its contents was finally revealed, there was some disappointment, as almost all the models in it have already been published elsewhere - in magazines, convention-books etc. Kamiya states in the forward to the book that he did not publish this book in order to show his new designs, but rather to provide a source of inspiration for young would-be designers. However, the book is still worth obtaining even for the obsessive magazine collectors among us, because:

* Most of the diagrams have been re-drawn for sake of clarity, and even to incorporate design changes.

* The instructions are now in English, too!

* Each model is accompanied by Kamiya's thoughts and tips about its design.

* And, of course, having all the models in one place is a treat, too.

This being said, the book collects 19 of Kamiya's creations, arranged chronologically by dates of design, so you can follow Kamiya's progress (actually, he was pretty good from the start!). There are several prehistoric beasts, some mythical creatures (with the 274 step Ancient Dragon and 275 step Bahamut!) and a few others. All interesting and original. Each model is accompanied with design tips and the crease pattern.

As always with books published by Gallery Origami House, the quality of the book is superb, with beautiful color photos of all models and very high diagramming standards. All text is in both Japanese and English.

Bottom line: If you like a finger-busting folding challenges which yields tasteful results, then this book should be a part of your collection. And since Gallery Origami House tend to print their books in limited editions, get it while there's still time...

The Models

Model Designer Page Details Photo


Satoshi Kamiya10SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Phillip West
Eagle ray


Satoshi Kamiya18SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Phillip West
Splash! - Swan taking flight

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

Satoshi Kamiya23SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Gabriel Vong

Imaginary beings - Pegasi

Satoshi Kamiya28SquareOrigami Pegasus by Satoshi Kamiya folded by Gilad Aharoni on
Hercules beetle (flying)


Satoshi Kamiya37SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Stephane Gerard
Bahamut (Divine Dragon)

Media and Culture

Satoshi Kamiya50Square

Character from "Final Fantasy 7", winged four-limbed dragon
Origami image from
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Kirin - Eastern unicorn

Imaginary beings - Unicorns

Satoshi Kamiya72SquareOrigami Kirin - Eastern unicorn by Satoshi Kamiya folded by Gilad Aharoni on

Dinosaurs - Tyrannosaurus Rex

Satoshi Kamiya84SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Phillip West
Boar god (Inoshishigami)

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

Satoshi Kamiya95SquareOrigami Boar god (Inoshishigami) by Satoshi Kamiya folded by Gilad Aharoni on
Barosaurus cebtus


Satoshi Kamiya108SquareOrigami Barosaurus cebtus by Satoshi Kamiya folded by Gilad Aharoni on

Imaginary beings - Unicorns

Satoshi Kamiya118SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
The Yellow Bird

Media and Culture

Satoshi Kamiya136Square

Chocobo From "Final Fantasy"
Origami The Yellow Bird by Satoshi Kamiya Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on
Blue whale

Mammals - Cetacea - Whales

Satoshi Kamiya142SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Nicolas Terry


Satoshi Kamiya150SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Eyal Reuveni


Satoshi Kamiya161SquareOrigami Coelophysis by Satoshi Kamiya folded by Gilad Aharoni on

Mammals - Cetacea - Whales

Satoshi Kamiya170SquareOrigami Orca by Satoshi Kamiya folded by Gilad Aharoni on

People - Occupations - Witches and Wizards

Satoshi Kamiya179SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Nicolas Terry
Dragon - ancient

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Satoshi Kamiya193SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Mammoth - Mammuthus Primigenius


Satoshi Kamiya217SquareOrigami image from
Folded by Sebastian Curvers
19 models