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ORU Magazine 8

1995 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.


Flower feature - works by different designers including Toshie Takahama, Akira Yoshizawa and Toshikazu Kawasaki. Just beautiful.
Francis Ow Mun Yin - heart origami
Akiko Yamanashi's work
Peter Engel feature, with photos
Origami furniture, modern designs based on folding techniques
Yoshihide Momotani feature, excellent photos
Black & white photos of models by Kunihiko Kasahara
Kazuo Haga and the Haga theorem
Shinto religious ceremony using folded paper
Report on Second International Meeting of Origami Science and Scientific Origami
Folding food - Nori (seaweed) and Marzipan
Letterfolds (presented by school girls)
More that I can't figure out?

There are 21 Origami Designs in ORU Magazine 8:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Person - dancing


Akira Yoshizawa96SquareOrigami Person - dancing by Akira Yoshizawa on
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Tree with leaf

Flora - Trees and Plants

Jun Maekawa103Square

Crease pattern

Letters and Envelopes

Japanese112Rectangle - A size


Peter Engel125Square

Also in BOS Convention 1984 Spring
Also in NOA Magazine 170
Also in NOA Magazine 171
Also in NOA Magazine 468
Also in Origami from Angelfish to Zen by Peter Engel
Also in Origami USA Convention 1986
Also in OrigaMIT 2012 Convention Book
and in other sources...
Origami Squid by Peter Engel on
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo


Fumiaki Kawahata130Square

Flora - Flowers

Abe Hisashi131Square
Shoe - high heel

Clothes - Shoes and Socks

Yamanashi Akiko133Rectangle - 1X2
Love with heart


Francis Ow135Rectangle - Long strip

The word "Love" with the heart as "O" - very nice
Origami Love with heart by Francis Ow on
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Ishibashi ball

Geometric and other shapes

Ishibashi Minako137Square
12 units

Also in BOS Convention 1987 Spring
Also in Action Origami by Rick Beech
Also in Origami - The Complete Guide to the Art of Paperfolding by Rick Beech
Also in NOA Magazine 143
Origami Ishibashi ball by Ishibashi Minako on
Folded by Meenakshi Mukerji
Samurai helmet

Clothes - Hats

Ichiro Kinoshita139Square

Mammals - Hippopotami

Kunihiko Kasahara141Square
2 units

Birds - Passeriformes

Kunihiko Kasahara142Square
With cuts
Elephant - from behind

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Kunihiko Kasahara145Square

Also in Wonderful Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Origami Elephant - from behind by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of kami by Gilad Aharoni on


Toshio Chino146Square


Makoto Yamaguchi147Square
Chrysanthemum - modular

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki149Square
Multiple units

Flora - Flowers

Tomoko Tanaka151Square
Multiple units
Cactus Plant

Flora - Trees and Plants

Asahi Isamu152Square
Multiple units

Flora - Flowers

Mitsunobu Sonobe155Square

Clothes - Shoes and Socks

Tsuda Yoshio157Square

Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in NOA Kessakusen
Also in NOA Magazine 107
Also in The Beauty of Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Origami Sandals by Tsuda Yoshio on
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

Tsuda Yoshio159Square

Also in NOA Magazine 198
Also in The Beauty of Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Origami Swan by Tsuda Yoshio on
Folded by Giovanna