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Origami: Living Nature

by Akira Yoshizawa

Published:
1996 by Sojusha
Pages:
200
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
Japanese
ISBN-13:
9784916096319
ISBN-10:
4916096312

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

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

Overall Impression

For those seeking super complex models, with plenty of sticking-out-bits, this book will not be what you're looking for. However, while Yoshizawa's models seem simple enough to fold (only a few steps per model), they are very hard to fold "right". Yoshizawa seems to somehow breath life into his creations, and that's the secret of their charm. I wouldn't recommend this book to beginners, since they could be frustrated with the lack of clear reference points for the fold. These models should be "folded with feeling".

The book has detailed B&W photos of all models, and color photos of some of the models at the beginning.

At the end of the book there are 3 photographic essays about cutting paper, wet-folding and back-coating.

These essays are in Japanese - and Joel Stern has kindly contributed an English translation for them, made by his friend Robert Tsuchida.

There are 59 Origami Designs in Origami: Living Nature:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Mouse

Mammals - Rodentia - Rats, Mice and Rodents

Akira Yoshizawa22SquareOrigami Mouse by Akira Yoshizawa Folded from a square of momigami by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Cow

Mammals - Bovidae - Cows and Buffalo

Akira Yoshizawa23Square
Cow

Mammals - Bovidae - Cows and Buffalo

Akira Yoshizawa24Square
2 units
Cow head

Mammals - Bovidae - Cows and Buffalo

Akira Yoshizawa27Square
Tiger

Mammals - Felidae - Tigers and Leopards

Akira Yoshizawa30Square
Rabbit

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

Akira Yoshizawa31Square

Also in Origami Dokuhon II by Akira Yoshizawa
Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 92
Origami Rabbit by Akira Yoshizawa Wet folded from a square of watercolor paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Eastern dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Akira Yoshizawa34SquareOrigami Eastern dragon by Akira Yoshizawa Wet-folded from a square of India Gold scrapbooking paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Snake

Reptiles - Snakes

Akira Yoshizawa35SquareOrigami Snake by Akira Yoshizawa on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rudolf Deeg
Horse

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

Akira Yoshizawa39Square
Goat

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Akira Yoshizawa41Square
Sheep

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Akira Yoshizawa44Square
2 units
With cuts
Sheep head pocket

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Akira Yoshizawa48Square
Sheep head

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Akira Yoshizawa49Square
Monkey

Mammals - Primates

Akira Yoshizawa54SquareOrigami Monkey by Akira Yoshizawa Folded from a square of momigami by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Hen

Birds - Galliformes - Hens and Pheasants

Akira Yoshizawa55SquareOrigami Hen by Akira Yoshizawa Folded from a square of momigami by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Dog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Akira Yoshizawa57Square
Scottie

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Akira Yoshizawa59Square
2 units
Dog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Akira Yoshizawa64Square
Dog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Akira Yoshizawa65Square
Dog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Akira Yoshizawa66Square
Wild boar

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

Akira Yoshizawa69SquareOrigami Wild boar by Akira Yoshizawa on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rudolf Deeg
Cat

Mammals - Felidae - Cats

Akira Yoshizawa72Square
2 units

Also in Fun with Origami Paper Folding - Vol. 1 by Akira Yoshizawa

One of my favorite cat designs
Origami Cat by Akira Yoshizawa Folded from 2 squares of rice paper+holographic wrapping paper combo by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Bird

Birds

Akira Yoshizawa76Square
Bird

Birds

Akira Yoshizawa78Square
Duck

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Akira Yoshizawa84Square
Duck

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Akira Yoshizawa87Square
Duck container

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Akira Yoshizawa88Square
Goldfish

Fish - Goldfish

Akira Yoshizawa92SquareOrigami Goldfish by Akira Yoshizawa Wet-folded from a square of India Gold scrapbooking paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Sea bream

Fish

Akira Yoshizawa96Square
Flying fish

Fish

Akira Yoshizawa97Square
Sea bream

Fish

Akira Yoshizawa98Square
Scarab beetle

Insects

Akira Yoshizawa100Square

Crease pattern
Brachiosaurus

Dinosaurs

Akira Yoshizawa104SquareOrigami Brachiosaurus by Akira Yoshizawa Folded from a square of scrapbooking paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Tree

Flora - Trees and Plants

Akira Yoshizawa109Square
Person

People

Akira Yoshizawa114Square
Person - doing handstand

Sports and Athletes

Akira Yoshizawa116SquareOrigami Person - doing handstand by Akira Yoshizawa Wet-folded from a square of 160gsm Canson paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Person - skipping

People

Akira Yoshizawa118Square
Running man

People

Akira Yoshizawa120Square
Bride

People

Akira Yoshizawa124Square
Witch

People - Occupations - Witches and Wizards

Akira Yoshizawa126SquareOrigami Witch by Akira Yoshizawa and the wand from another rectangle by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Magic wand

Objects

Akira Yoshizawa127Rectangle - Long strip
Face - happy or sad

People

Akira Yoshizawa130Square

Also in El Libro de Las Mascaras de Papel Plegado by Grupo Riglos
Origami Face - happy or sad by Akira Yoshizawa on giladorigami.com
Folded by Mike Van Horne
Demon mask

Imaginary beings - Demons

Akira Yoshizawa136SquareOrigami Demon mask by Akira Yoshizawa Folded from a square of momigami by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Lamb's head

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Akira Yoshizawa139Square
Hina dolls

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Akira Yoshizawa144Square
Star decoration

Geometric and other shapes

Akira Yoshizawa154Square
Star decoration

Geometric and other shapes

Akira Yoshizawa155Square
Bamboo leaf

Flora - Trees and Plants

Akira Yoshizawa156Square
Sailboat

Vehicles - Boats

Akira Yoshizawa157Square
2 units
Yacht

Vehicles - Boats

Akira Yoshizawa158Square
Child

People

Akira Yoshizawa159Square
Taurus

Mammals - Bovidae - Cows and Buffalo

Akira Yoshizawa163Square
Libra

Objects

Akira Yoshizawa166Rectangle - 1X4
Plane

Toys - Planes

Akira Yoshizawa172Rectangle - 1X2

Many variations of flying airplanes
Origami Plane by Akira Yoshizawa on giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Plane

Toys - Planes

Akira Yoshizawa172Square

Many variations of flying airplanes
Origami Plane by Akira Yoshizawa on giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Plane

Toys - Planes

Akira Yoshizawa172Square

Many variations of flying airplanes
Origami Plane by Akira Yoshizawa on giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Plane

Toys - Planes

Akira Yoshizawa173Square

Many variations of flying airplanes
Origami Plane by Akira Yoshizawa on giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Pinwheel

Toys - Action Models

Akira Yoshizawa186Triangle
Pinwheel

Toys - Action Models

Akira Yoshizawa186Square