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The Senbazuru Orikata
 
The Senbazuru Orikata is a book of origami designs, woodcuts and poetry published in Kyoto, Japan in 1797. Senbazuru means 1000 cranes. Orikata is an old word that means the same as origami. The book is also sometimes known as Hiden Senbazuru Orikata (Secret of Folding 1000 Cranes).

Introduction and History

The work was written by Roko-an, a psuedonym for Gido (1762-1837), who was the head priest of Choen-ji Temple in Seiyou Kyuka, now known as Kuwana. (Information from www.orizuru49.com)

Each design is accompanied by a poem written by the author.

According to notes by Everett Gloe to his copy of the ms (now in the collection of the British Origami Society) 'The Colophon, by the Kyoto publisher Yoshinoya Ihachi, notes that 'a Second Series is planned, with shapes of flowers, birds and beasts, insects and fish', but this volume seems never to have appeared.'

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1966

Volume 6, Issue 3 of 'The Origamian' for Autumn 1966 contains a letter from Toshie Takahama, looking for an old book, the 'Tsuru Hyakutai'.

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Vol 7: Issue 1 of 'The Origamian' for Spring 1967 contains an article, 'On Early Japanese Origami Books' written by Toshie Takahama, mentioning the 'Sembazuru Orikage' (sic).

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The Work - 1797

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Crease pattern for the Paper Crane

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Paradise Cranes

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Tethered Boats

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One Hundred Cranes

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