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The Mask

by Tomoko Fuse

Published:
1997 by Gallery Origami House
Pages:
200
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
Japanese
ISBN-13:
9780356846040
ISBN-10:
0356846040

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Skill Level Complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes - beautiful pictures!
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)? Yes

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Tomoko Fuse is mostly known for her beautiful boxes and modular origami. Here she uses her skills to create magnificent origami masks representing various types of the Japanese theater. They are superbly detailed, and each has a unique expression.

The Masks are divided into several sections:

Gigaku masks

A performing art imported in the sixth century that included a procession of masked figures followed by dances and mimes accompanied by flutes, drums, and cymbals. The lion dance (shishi mai) was a featured part of the performance.

Bugaku masks

Court dance imported from the continent before the eighth century. Elaborately costumed and masked figures perform slow, stately dances to instrumental music called gagaku.

Gyoudou masks

Kyogen masks

Kyogen is the classical comic theater which balances the more serious Noh.

Noh masks

Noh theater combines the elements of dance, music, masked song and poetry.

Shuu saku bako masks ("Work in Progress")

Special thanks to Michael and Lar for assisting with translations!

There are 27 Origami Designs in The Mask:

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Suiko-oh - Drunken King

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse22Square

Gigaku mask: The drunken king of Ko (the country that used to be to the west of China). Symbolizes the harvest. Appears with the drunks of Ko.
Origami Suiko-oh - Drunken King by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Suiko-jyuu - Attendant

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse30Square

Gigaku mask: The 8 drunk attendants who appear at the end of Gigaku wear these masks. Each of them has a unique humorous expression, indicating that he is drunk.
Origami Suiko-jyuu - Attendant by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Rikishi - Bodyguard

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse38Square

Gigaku mask: Buddhist guardian of Gojo the maiden (defends her honour).
Origami Rikishi - Bodyguard by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Tidou - Road keeper

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse43Square

Gigaku mask: Road keeper. Worn by the actor leading the procession.
Origami Tidou - Road keeper by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a paper napkin back-coated with foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Batou

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse50Square

Bugaku mask: An angry son whose father was killed by a wild animal, and he is seeking revenge.
Origami Batou by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Sanjyu

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse56Square

Bugaku mask: Wearing a crown made of dragons, mask worn by warriors fighting with swords.
Origami Sanjyu by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Chikyuu

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse63Square

Bugaku mask: Represents celebration of long-lasting peace, has prominent nose.
Origami Chikyuu by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Kotokuraku

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse69Square

Bugaku mask: Used in a comic dance of drunk characters. As many as six performers appear, 3 with the hinged, swaying nose.
Origami Kotokuraku by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Koshikaki

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse76Square

Gyoudou mask: Carriage carrier's mask.
Origami Koshikaki by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of moire scrap-booking paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Batou

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse82Square

Gyoudou mask: Angry character.
Origami Batou by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of Canson art paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Kendatuba

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse90Square

Gyoudou mask: God that eats perfume and fights in the sky, another mask worn by carriers.
Origami Kendatuba by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Jake Crowley
Bisyamon

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse97Square

Gyoudou mask: One of the seven lucky gods - God of Treasure, war and warriors.
Origami Bisyamon by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Ebisu

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse106Square

Kyogen mask: One of the seven lucky gods - God of fishermen, rice farmers, good fortune, commerce and the kitchen.
Origami Ebisu by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of Kathy Stevick's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Daikoku

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse113Square

Kyogen mask: Another one of the seven lucky gods - God of Wealth, prosperity, farmers, flood control and the kitchen.
Origami Daikoku by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Kentoku

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse118Square

Kyogen mask: God representing horses, cows, dogs and octopii.
Origami Kentoku by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Buaku

Religion and Holidays

Tomoko Fuse123Square

Kyogen mask: Used to denote a devil or the King of Hell. Used to comic effect.
Origami Buaku by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Obeshimi

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse130Square

Noh mask: The face of the mythical Tengu (spirit of the earth). Beshimi means "mouth firmly clamped shut". Protects others from evil spirits and demons.
Origami Obeshimi by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of Canson art paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Okina

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse136Square

Noh mask: An old man with a long white beard, expressing wisdom. Worn on stage to represent "something in progress".
Origami Okina by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of Nicolas Terry's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Shikami

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse144Square

Noh mask: Demonic masculine spirit.
Origami Shikami by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Herman Mariano
Yase-otoko

Religion and Holidays

Tomoko Fuse150Square

Noh mask: A ghost suffering in hell.
Origami Yase-otoko by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Han-nya

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse156Square

Noh mask: A furious woman, turned into a demon from jealousy and anger.
Origami Han-nya by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of double-sided momigami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Namanari

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse163Square

Noh mask: Vengeful lady of the full moon, a less mature form of Han-nya.
Origami Namanari by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Onna-no-men

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse170Square

Noh mask: Woman
This is a development by Fuse herself, inspired by women in Noh theater.
Origami Onna-no-men by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Jake Crowley
Han-nya-funno-kashira

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse174Square

Noh mask: Han-nya puppet.
Origami Han-nya-funno-kashira by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Alfredo Perez Jimenez
Taikoji

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse182Square

Shuu saku bako mask: "Child smiling innocently".
Origami Taikoji by Tomoko Fuse Folded from a square of art paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Haremen

People - Ethnicities

Tomoko Fuse188Square

Shuu saku bako mask: Old lady.
Origami Haremen by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Herman Mariano
Usobuki

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Tomoko Fuse193Square

Shuu saku bako mask: Demon representing something weak.
Origami Usobuki by Tomoko Fuse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West