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The Lotus
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Lotus. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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In Japan

1878

A drawing of the Lotus appears in 'Yochien Ombutsu No Zu', a publication of kindergarten material issued by the Tokyo Women's Normal School in 1878.

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1885

A drawing of the Lotus appears in 'Kindergarten Shoho' (Preliminary Kindergarten) by Iijima Hanjuro, which was copyrighted on October 4th Meiji 17 (1884) and published by Fukuda Senzo in August of Meiji 18 (1885).

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1912

A drawing of the Lotus appears in a monozukushi-e print, by an unknown artist, but said to be from the Meiji era. I have temporarily assigned it the date of 1912, the last year of that era, pending the discovery of more accurate information.

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1927

A drawing of the Lotus appears in an illustration by Takei Takeo in a 1927 issue of the children's magazine 'Kodomo No Kuni' (The Land of Chicken).

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In Western Europe / the USA

1876

The Lotus appears as a napkin fold in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.

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1958

The 1958 Rupert Annual contained instructions for folding 'Rupert's Paper Frog and Water-Lily'

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