● ori - folding
● kami - paper
● traditional Japanese art of paper folding
● believed to have begun in Japan during the
17th century AD.
● 100 AD - Paper-making started in CHINA by Ts’ai
Lun, a servant of the Chinese emperor.
● 600 AD - Paper-making spread to Japan where it
became a cultural tradition.
● 800 - 1100 AD - Otigami was intriduced to the West
(Spain) by the Moors who made geometric Origami
● EDO PERIOD (1600-1868) - new methods were
developed to effectively mass produce paper. This
is when origami began to fully develop into the art
that we know today.
● 1797 - HIDEN SENBARU ORIKATA was published.
(The Secret of 1000 Cranes Origami)
● 1845 - KAN NO MADO (Window on Midwinter. The first
published collections of origami models that included
the frog house.
● 1900 - Origami spread to England and the United States
● 1935 - AKIRA YOSHIZAWA developed his set of
symbols for origami instructions. He is known as the
“grandmaster of origami”
● He created the method of wet folding which involved
moistening the paper before folding to give finished
models more of a sculpted and three dimensional look.
By 1989 he had invented over 50,000 models and
published eighteen books.
● 1960 - SADAKO AND ONE THOUSAND CRANES was
published by Eleanor Coerr (origami crane and
international peace movement)
● 2000 - International Peace Project - engaged
communities in collaborative activites to promote peace,
non-violence, and tolerance. (A Million Paper Cranes for
Peace by the Year 2000)
Famous Origami Artists
● Akira Yoshizawa - considered to be the grandmaster of
origami. reinvented modern origami. According to his
own estimation made in 1989, he created more than
50,000 models. In 1983, Japanese emperor Hirohito
named him to the Order of the Rising Sun.
● Satoshi Kamiya - is among the most advanced origami
masters in the world. He began the art at age two and
he has made hundreds of origami models. One of the
youngest geniuses of the origami field.
● Kosho Uchiyama - a Sōtō priest, origami master, and
abbot of Antai-ji. He is the author of more than 20 books
on Zen Buddhism and origami
Famous Origami Artists
● Toshikazu Kawasaki - Japanese mathematician famous
for his Iso-area folding theory and his many geometric
folds, including Kawasaki's "Rose
● Samuel Randlett - helped design and popularize the
Yoshizawa-Randlett diagramming system. Yoshizawa–
Randlett system is a diagramming system used to
describe the folds of origami models.
● Robert Harbin - popularised origami in Britain; also
presented a series of short programmes entitled
Origami, made by Thames Television for ITV
● Florence Temko - a pioneer in spreading origami in the
United States. With 55 books to her credit on paperarts
and folk crafts
● November 11: National Origami Day in
Japan where the paper crane has become a
symbol of peace
● October 24–November 11: World Origami