NIPPONIA No. 41 June 15, 2007
Exploring the Frontiers of Origami
Tsuda Yoshio, Origami Designer
Origami designers use their hands and heads to test the boundaries of origami. Their only medium is paper, and their goal is to transform that paper into shapes conceived in their imagination. This designer describes the joys and struggles of origami creation.
Written by Torikai Shin-ichi Photos by Kawada Masahiro
The mosquito (left) is truly awesome.
Above: The mosquito unfolded. The folds have made a maze of lines, but an expert who examined them carefully would be able to complete the mosquito. Even Tsuda Yoshio, a real expert, sometimes makes mistakes trying to do all of the folds in the correct order—a lot of concentration and energy are required to get everything right. He would need about four hours to finish a creation like this one.
The lace-up boots (left) and geta clogs (right) are masterpieces. Tsuda says it took him two years to figure out the fold configuration for the lace-up boots.