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Kunihiko Kasahara’s 1000 Cranes

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:00

1000 журавлей Кунихико Касахара

Kunihiko Kasahara is considered to be one of the biggest modern Japanese origami masters. He was born in 1941 during the Second World War and met its final in early childhood. Postwar period life was hard and food and things were scarce and hard to find, so the young origami master started getting the craft of origami from what was around. He folded his first figure at the age of six, it was a paper cup. Then he replicated the paper lilies that adorned the Buddhist altar. And after the appearance of baseball in Japan, Kasahara-san created the figures of a baseball glove, a ball and caps.

Gradually, children's games in origami fell out of limelight. Only at the age of 15 he had returned to the origami when he discovered the work of Akira Yoshizawa and the monk Kosho Uchiyama. It is the last author the master considers his teacher, thanks to his books he learned how to invent his own figurines. A few years later, in the late 50s, he even managed to meet the teacher personally and show his own models. Uchiyama-sensei praised his creativity and since then origami has become the life of the master.

Kunihiko Kasahara is considered one of the leading representatives of modern origami. First of all, he is known for his research on the history of origami. It was him who adapted the first 18th century Japanese books on origami and translated them to a modern language of diagrams. New life was given to the books "The Senbazuru Orikata" with the schemes of 1000 cranes and the book "Chushingura Orikata" with a story about 47 ronin. If the first book showed in detail how to make different ribbons of cranes, second book had ways of folding figurines of samurai, court nobles and ladies.

His personal development is the experiments with windmill base, obtained from the boat basic shape. He stacked turntables of paper with a different number of angles: three, four, five and six. He also experimented with the size of paper. All this allowed to create a whole series of crystal patterns.

To get acquainted with the master we propose to add the figure of four-dimensional box.

We will need:
For cubes: 24 square sheets of paper size 15x15 cm.
For the box itself: 1 sheet of paper size 16x16 cm for the bottom and 1 sheet of paper size 16.5x16.5 cm for the cover.
About an hour of free time.
Happy folding!

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4-3

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Source: http://img09.deviantart.net/b597/i/2010/198/4/5/origami_four___dimensional_box_by_silent_anton123.jpg

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