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ORU Magazine 5

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.


Big interview with Akira Yoshizawa
Twist folding, as in the Kawasaki rose
Folding pressed food into representations of vegetables (carrot, daikon, etc.)
Vincent Floderer's work
Steve and Megumi Biddle
Tying cloths around one's head
Partially opened creases by Kasahara
Folding fabric into kimonos
A large article that seems to be about selecting the right paper for the model
Map folding
More that I can't figure out?

There are 20 Origami Designs in ORU Magazine 5:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Monk - praying

Religion and Holidays - Christian Religion

Akira Yoshizawa97Square

Geometric and other shapes

Jun Maekawa103Square

Crease pattern

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Kumasaka Hiroshi123Square
Inkoananas (?)

Flora - Flowers

Tomoko Tanaka127Square
Multiple units

From the book: "Origami Flower Boards"


Makoto Yamaguchi129Square
2 units

Folding flattened vegetables
Tomato or strawberry

Flora - Fruit and Vegetables

Makoto Yamaguchi130Square
2 units

Flora - Fruit and Vegetables

Makoto Yamaguchi131Square
2 units
Otter - sea

Mammals - Mustelids - Otters and Weasels

Enomoto Nobuyoshi133Square
Sonobe modulars

Geometric and other shapes

Mitsunobu Sonobe135Square
Multiple units

Also in The Encyclopedia of Origami Techniques by Nick Robinson
Also in Papiroflexia Basica by Vicente Palacios
Also in Origami Christmas Tree Decorations by Paul Jackson
Also in ORU Magazine 13
Also in Origami - 30 fold-by-fold projects by Paulo Mulatinho
Also in Synergy 1 by David Mitchell
Origami Sonobe modulars by Mitsunobu Sonobe on
Folded by Meenakshi Mukerji
Shooting star


Jun Maekawa137Square

Also in A Arte dos Mestres de Origami by Mari Kanegae
Also in Viva! Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Origami Shooting star by Jun Maekawa on
Folded by Ondrej and Radim Cibulka
Chow dog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Yasuhiro Sano139Square


Kosho Uchiyama141Square

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

Teruo Tsuji143Square

Mammals - Canidae - Dog Family

Matsuno Yukihiko145Square
Kannon - goddess of mercy

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Kunihiko Kasahara146Square

Also in Der Falter 17
Also in Joy of Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Wonderful Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Origami Kannon - goddess of mercy by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of Japanese foil by Gilad Aharoni on
Spiral decoration

Geometric and other shapes

Kunihiko Kasahara147Square

Vehicles - Boats

Takekawa Seiryo148Square


Nishida Shattner153Square

Geometric and other shapes

40 units

Mammals - Primates - Gorillas

Akira Yoshizawa159Square

Also in A Arte dos Mestres de Origami by Mari Kanegae
Also in Akira Yoshizawa - Japan's Greatest Origami Master by Akira Yoshizawa
Also in Beautiful Origami by Akira Yoshizawa

The challenge is to craft the face
Origami Gorilla by Akira Yoshizawa folded by Gilad Aharoni on