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The Hibachi
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Hibachi. 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.


In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


As far as I know this design first appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.



This design also appears in 'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published in the USA by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965.


In Western Europe / The USA


As far as I know, the design first appears in the West as 'Fancy Box on Legs' in 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964. The design is said to be Japanese.