Kunihiko Kasahara

Kunihiko Kasahara

Kunihiko Kasahara (笠原邦彦 "Kasahara Kunihiko"; born in 1941) is a Japanese origami master. He has made hundreds of models, from simple lion masks to complex modular origami, such as a small stellated dodecahedron. He does not specialize in what is known as "super complex origami", but rather he likes making simple, elegant animals, and modular designs such as polyhedra, as well as exploring the mathematics and geometry of origami.

Kasahara is perhaps origami's most enthusiastic designer and collector of origami models that are variations on a cube, a number of which appear in Vol. 2 of a 2005 three volume work (presently available only in Japanese). Vol. 3 of the same work is devoted to another Kasahara interest: reverse engineering and diagramming classic Japanese origami models pictured in early works, such as zenbazuru (thousand origami cranes from the "Hiden Senbazuru Orikata" of 1797, one of the earliest known origami books), the origami art of folding multiple connected cranes out of a single sheet of paper.

He has written many books, of which "Origami Omnibus" is his best known book available in English, and contains many of his models as well as outstanding classics by others.

Further reading

"Creative Origami" Japan Publications, 1967. ISBN 0-87040-411-3

"Origami Made Easy" Japan Publications, 1973. ISBN 0-87040-253-6

"Origami Omnibus: Paper Folding for Everybody." Japan Publication, 1988. ISBN 4-8170-9001-4

"Origami for the Connoisseur" Japan Publications, 1998. ISBN 4-8170-9002-2

"Amazing Origami" Sterling, 2002. ISBN 0-80695-821-9

"Extreme Origami" Sterling, 2003. ISBN 1-4027-0602-2

"The Art and Wonder of Origami" Quarry Book, 2005. ISBN 1-59253-213-6

おりがみ新発見〈1〉半開折り・回転折り・非対称の形 日貿出版社 (Spirals & asymmetric shapes) 2005. ISBN4-8170-8085-X

おりがみ新発見〈2〉キューブの世界 (単行本) (Cubes) 2005. ISBN4-8170-8086-8

おりがみ新発見〈3〉古典から最新作まで300年の絵巻 (300 year old Classics, senbazuru) 2005. ISBN4-8170-8087-6




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