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Wonderful Origami

by Kunihiko Kasahara

Published:
2000 by Jong Ie Nara
Pages:
186
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English and Korean
ISBN-13:
9788976221438
ISBN-10:
8976221435

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

Skill Level From simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes - hand drawn
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes - some in color, some B&W
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

This is a book of clever origami. Nothing super complex, but rather clean, nice and effective designs.

Chapter 1 is about Kasahara's experiments with expressive origami - using half-opened folds to only suggest a figure - without getting into much details. Some of these attempts are very good, while others are just too abstract for me.

Chapter 2 showcases the work of Ichiro Kinoshita, which is very different from the first chapter. His work is more "logical".

Chapter 3 is a collection of masterpieces from around the world. There are some nice gems in here.

Chapter 4 features some national costumes, and a symbol of international origami.

There are 58 Origami Designs in Wonderful Origami:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Crab 1

Crustaceans

Kunihiko Kasahara23Square

Simple & cute
Crab 2

Crustaceans

Kunihiko Kasahara24Square

Very abstract
Fox - siting

Mammals - Canidae - Dog Family

Kunihiko Kasahara24Square

Very abstract
Owl

Birds - Strigiformes - Owls

Kunihiko Kasahara28Square

3 nice variations of abstract owls
Easter statue - Moai

Nature

Kunihiko Kasahara30Square
2 units

Also in Happy Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Origami Easter statue - Moai by Kunihiko Kasahara on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Dove - flying

Birds - Columbiformes - Pigeons

Kunihiko Kasahara32Square

A very opened and round form
Crane

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Kunihiko Kasahara34Square

An open variation of the traditional crane
Frog in the water

Amphibians

Kunihiko Kasahara39Square

Eyes coming out of the water - very simple and nice
Gorilla

Mammals - Primates - Gorillas

Kunihiko Kasahara39Square

Very abstract
Crab

Crustaceans

Kunihiko Kasahara40Square
Angel

Imaginary beings - Angels

Kunihiko Kasahara41Square

Very abstract
Seal

Mammals - Pinnipedia - Seals and Sea Lions

Kunihiko Kasahara41Square

Very abstract
Hermit crab

Crustaceans

Kunihiko Kasahara42Square
2 units
Kannon - goddess of mercy

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Kunihiko Kasahara46Square

Also in Der Falter 17
Also in Joy of Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in ORU Magazine 5
Origami Kannon - goddess of mercy by Kunihiko Kasahara folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Porcupine

Mammals - Rodentia - Rats, Mice and Rodents

Kunihiko Kasahara48Square

Very abstract
Pierrot face

People - Occupations - Clowns

Kunihiko Kasahara56SquareOrigami Pierrot face by Kunihiko Kasahara Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Waves

Nature

Kunihiko Kasahara58Square
Shell

Molluscs

Kunihiko Kasahara60Square
Sea urchin

Echinoderms - Starfish and Urchins

Kunihiko Kasahara62Square
Arrow

Symbols

Ichiro Kinoshita68Square

Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in ORU Magazine 10
Origami Arrow by Ichiro Kinoshita on giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Hang-glider

Toys - Planes

Ichiro Kinoshita70Square

Abstract
Heart cuff button

Hearts

Ichiro Kinoshita72Square
Bookrest with book

Objects - Books

Ichiro Kinoshita74Rectangle - 1X2Origami Bookrest with book by Ichiro Kinoshita Folded from a rectangle of tissue+foil+patterned paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Boxes with partitions

Boxes and Containers

Ichiro Kinoshita79Square

Many variations of partitioned boxes
Crane on the lake

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Ichiro Kinoshita90Rectangle - 1X3

2 connected cranes
Box

Boxes and Containers

Ichiro Kinoshita92Square
Ink-stone

Objects

Ichiro Kinoshita95Square
Pen

Objects

Ichiro Kinoshita95Rectangle - 1X3
Photo frame

Objects - Frames

Ichiro Kinoshita98Square

Very good - with a closed back
Table

Objects - Furniture

Ichiro Kinoshita102Square
Card stand

Objects - Useful

Ichiro Kinoshita106Square

Excellent - very useful
Stage

Objects

Ichiro Kinoshita110Square
Bunny puppet

Toys - Puppets

Kunihiko Kasahara119Square
Bunny

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

Thoki Yenn120Square

Also in As the Memories in Germany by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Origami - 30 fold-by-fold projects by Paulo Mulatinho
Also in BOS Convention 1983 Spring
Also in Der Falter 5
Also in NOA Kessakusen 2
Also in Orison 20/02
and in other sources...
Origami Bunny by Thoki Yenn Folded from a square of heavy hand-made paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Frog

Amphibians

Juan Gimeno122Square

Also in As the Memories in Spain by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in BOS Convention 1993 Spring
Also in Der Falter 9
Also in Origami - 30 fold-by-fold projects by Paulo Mulatinho
Also in Pajarita Extra 2004 - Juan Gimeno by Juan Gimeno
Origami Frog by Juan Gimeno on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Woodpecker

Toys - Action Models

Paul Jackson124Square

Nice action model
Slippers

Clothes - Shoes and Socks

Juan Gimeno125Square
Freising cube

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson126Square
2 units
H*2* cube

Geometric and other shapes

Haruo Hosoya128Square
2 units
Floppy disk container

Boxes and Containers

Humiaki Huzita130Rectangle - A size
Money box

Boxes and Containers

Christoph Mangutsch132Rectangle - A size
Letter

Letters and Envelopes

Humiaki Huzita134Rectangle - A size

A pentagonal envelope
Moustache

Clothes

Heinz Strobl136Rectangle - Long strip
With cuts
Sound making Bra

Clothes

Paulo Mulatinho138Square
Calm person

People

Paulo Mulatinho140Square

Alienish
Pencil rest

Boxes and Containers

David Brill142Square

Nice +suggestions of using it for a pyramid box, puzzles and games.
Cube fruit

Geometric and other shapes

Thoki Yenn148Square

Also in As the Memories in Germany by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Orikata by Thoki Yenn

A cube with leaves…
Origami Cube fruit by Thoki Yenn on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Star shape

Geometric and other shapes

Thoki Yenn150Square
Elephant - from behind

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Kunihiko Kasahara152Square

Also in ORU Magazine 8
Origami Elephant - from behind by Kunihiko Kasahara folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Goat

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Peterpaul Forcher156SquareOrigami Goat by Peterpaul Forcher Folded from a square of rice paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Cat

Mammals - Felidae - Cats

Peterpaul Forcher160Square

2 variations
Origami Cat by Peterpaul Forcher Each folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Parrot

Birds - Psittaciformes - Parrots

Peterpaul Forcher164Square

Without wings
Origami Parrot by Peterpaul Forcher Wingless parrot folded from a square of duo origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Parrot

Birds - Psittaciformes - Parrots

Peterpaul Forcher167Square

With wings
Origami Parrot by Peterpaul Forcher folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Woman wearing hanbok

People

Kim Sang Hyun176Square
2 units
Scheherazade - Lady of Saracens

People - Ethnicities

Thoki Yenn179Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 2001

One of my favorites
Origami Scheherazade - Lady of Saracens by Thoki Yenn Folded from a square of duo Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Talking lips

Toys - Puppets

Soon Young Lee180Square

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 438
Also in Origami from Around the World by Vicente Palacios
Also in Origamido by Michael G. LaFosse

A classic action model
Origami Talking lips by Soon Young Lee on giladorigami.com
Folded by Paula Versnick
Woman wearing kimono

People - Ethnicities

Kunihiko Kasahara182Square
5 units
Origami Woman wearing kimono by Kunihiko Kasahara on giladorigami.com
Folded by Herman Mariano
International symbol of origami

Geometric and other shapes

Paulo Mitsuru Imamura185Square
5 units