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ORU Magazine 4 book cover

ORU Magazine 4

1994 by Sojusha

Skill Level Simple to 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
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Varies

Overall Impression

ORU are a set of 16 large-format commercial magazines published between 1993-1997. They all contain many articles about design, designers and tehniques, alongside beautiful photos, with many diagrams in the back.


Dinosaurs - Great pictures, by various artists
Legendary creatures - Fairies, mermaids, dragons and more
Mysterious creatures - Aliens, a nice representation of the Loch Ness monster and more
Ruins in the world - examples of origamic architecture by Masahiro Chatani (including patterns)
Toshikazu Kawasaki visits a paper plant
Paper Hina dolls
Hojyo Takashi's work
Edwin Corrie's work
Kosho Uchiyama's work
Shozo Fujimoto's geometric pleats (folded here by Ravi Apte):

FLotus1 FLotus3 FT-3Level FT-4LevelB FT-5Level
Napkin folds
Variations on traditional bases (?)
Origami software
More that I can't figure out?

There are 18 Origami Designs in ORU Magazine 4:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Hydrangea variations

Geometric and other shapes

Fujimoto Shuzo57Square

Also in Origami Project F - Hydrangea Folds by Fujimoto Shuzo
Origami Hydrangea variations by Fujimoto Shuzo on
Folded by Ravi Apte

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Kunihiko Kasahara89Square
3 units

Nice Yakko-San variation
Trifoliate Insect


Jun Maekawa103Triangle

Crease pattern
Rose - open petals

Flora - Flowers - Kawasaki Roses

Toshikazu Kawasaki123Square

Also in Origami Dream World by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Origami Master Class: Flowers
Origami Rose - open petals by Toshikazu Kawasaki folded by Gilad Aharoni on
Cherry tree Flower

Flora - Flowers

Tomoko Tanaka127Square
Multiple units
Puppy dog 2

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Edwin Corrie129Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1994
Also in Origami Favourites by Edwin Corrie
Also in BOS Magazine 155
Also in MFPP 1995 Convention
Origami Puppy dog 2 by Edwin Corrie on
Folded by Rui Roda

Birds - Falconiformes - Birds of prey

Kosho Uchiyama132Square

Insects - Butterflies

Shetland sheepdog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Yasuhiro Sano135Square


Makoto Yamaguchi137Square
2 units

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Makoto Yamaguchi138Square
Japanese person

People - Ethnicities

Makoto Yamaguchi139Square
With cuts

Birds - Galliformes - Hens and Pheasants

Kunihiko Kasahara140Square

Birds - Galliformes - Hens and Pheasants

Kunihiko Kasahara141Square

Imaginary beings

Yoshihisha Kimura145Square
2 units

Also in NOA Magazine 202
Also in Origami USA Convention 1992
Also in The Graceful of Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi

Folded from a square and a triangle
Origami Fairy by Yoshihisha Kimura Folded from a square and a triangle of cardstock by Gilad Aharoni on

Imaginary beings - Pegasi

Hojyo Takashi150SquareOrigami Pegasus by Hojyo Takashi Folded from a square of kami by Gilad Aharoni on

Dinosaurs - Tyrannosaurus Rex

Takai Hiroaki153Square

Dinosaurs - Triceratops

Fumiaki Kawahata159Square

Also in Origami Fantasy by Fumiaki Kawahata
Origami Triceratops by Fumiaki Kawahata on
Folded by Luc Marnat