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A big-big Thank to Michel Grand (and Claire) for the link of Isao Hondas book ". "
[On Origami] (Tokyo: Japan Toy Association, December 1931). It's really a very interesting
document and a wonderfull rediscovering.
I don't think that this book was published in two volumes. Probably, the cause of the
confussion is that Hondas book include a first part with 61 origami models (pp.1-45), and a
supplement or 'second part' about three diferent subjects: folded wrapping paper gifts (8
models, pp. 46-55), towels (6 models, pp. 56-61) and napkins (6 models, pp.62-67). As ususal
in Gershon Legmans bibliographic descriptions in his "Bibliography of Paper-Folding" (1952),
he mentioned very frequently the parts of the book who include essencialy paper folding. So,
Legmans "1st pt." mention mean high probably the 'first part' of Hondas book, but not a 'first
volume'. In the title of the book ". " [On Origami] is no mention about a first
volume.
As the good intuition of David Lister suposed, the big majority of the models are not from
Honda itself, but from the japanese tradition and classic books
as Kayaragusa or Senbazuru orikata, as well as from the froebelian forms of life and
beauty and other west sources.
After compare this book with other later books of Honda, we can see that Honda published
many models from 1931 again in his other books, but not all. 43 models (also ca. half of all
the models in the book) are for me really new. I don't checked (because I don't have the
books) the follow Hondas books: Origami Living (I+II)", Origami Zoo (animals+birds)", "Monkiri and Origami Kangaroo book. Of course, "Origami Shuko" is not checked too. Perhaps
somebody can help to compare it in these books.
A special interest for me are de six napkin models, taked high probably from an english book.
I'm looking for which. The presence of this folded west napkin models show that the art of
folded napkins was really imported in Japan, probably in the same time as the froebelian
forms, also during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Honda was critised frequently for Harbin and others, because he taked to publish modells
from other authors, but today, with historical perspective, we must make justice with him. Of
course, in 1931 the concept of author was not the same as today. The 1931 book itself
shows that Honda was as a good collector of japanese and some european models. The book

shows too to that Honda was from beginn very interested on historical japanese sources. We
can considere him really a researcher of his time. I'm sure that if sometimes we found a
sample of Hondas book "Origami Shuko" (1941 or 1944), it will be a very interesting document
about historical and traditional models too.
Here I give you a short comment of each model of Hondas book On Origami (1931). I
transcribed the japanese caracters with Google. Also I can give no garantee about a full
rightness. Some day perhaps will join in this forum some japanese researcher and it will be
wonderfull for us all. Until this day, we have only what we have.
Thanks again to Michel Grand and Claire, and of course thanks to David Lister for his articles
too.
Joan Sallas
Also:
[p. 1-2] [table of contents]
[p. 2][model nr. 1] () [shawl]
[p. 2-3][model nr. 2] () [emperor and empress dolls]: It looks a simplified
version of many models of this kind that appairs in "Kayaragusa" (ca. 1840)
[p. 2-3][model nr. 3] [pigeon, dove] () : This model appairs almost in Honda
books "Origami japanese paper folding - monkey book" (1958), "Origami japanese paper
folding - bunny book" (1959, p. 6) and The world of origami (1965, p. 44)
[p. 4][model nr. 4] [nightingale] () [uguhisu]
A Variation of the Dove (Nr. 3). Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books
[p. 4-5][model nr. 5] [house] () [ihe]: This model appairs almost in Honda
books: "Pocket guide to origami - bow-wow book" (1959, p. 6), All about origami(1960, p.
21) and The world of origami (1965, p. 70)
[p. 4-5][model nr. 6] [pig] () [pig]: Probably a Froebelian model taked to the 'forms of
life'
[p. 6][model nr. 7] [train] () [denshiya]: This curious model don't appairs in the
here mentioned Honda books. For its position in book, it could be considered a japanese
traditional (or perhaps developed by Honda) taked as Froebelian model to the 'forms of life'

[p. 6-7][model nr. 8] [piano]: This model appairs almost in All about origami(1960,
p. 20). Probably a Froebelian model from the 'forms of life'
[p. 6-7][model nr. 9] [wallet, purse] (): This model appairs almost in Honda
books "How to fold origami" (p. 16-17), "All about origami" (1960, p. 134) and "The world of
origami" (1965, p. 71)
[p. 6-7][model nr. 10] [surface of the fox] () [kitsunenomen]: Probably a
Froebelian model to the 'forms of life'
[p. 8][model nr. 11] [penguin]: This model appairs almost in Honda
books "Origami japanese paper folding - penguin book" (1957), "Origami japanese paper
folding - monkey book" (1958) and "The world of origami" (1965, p. 58-59)
[p. 8-9][model nr. 12] () [otsutosei]: This model appairs almost in Honda
books "Origami japanese paper folding - sakura book" (1959) and "The world of
origami" (1965, p. 57)
[p. 8-9][model nr. 13] ()[crow]: For his position in book, it could be
considered a japanese traditional model taked as Froebelian model to the 'forms of life'
[p. 8-9][model nr. 14] () [pigeon, dove] : For his position in book, it could be
considered a japanese traditional model taked as Froebelian model to the 'forms of life'
[p. 10][model nr. 15] () [semi] : Compare with the model nr. 21 of the same book
[p. 10-11][model nr. 16] [helmet] (): This model appairs almost in Honda
books "Noshi" (1964, p. 57 as napkin), "Origami japanese paper folding - penguin
book" (1957), "Origami japanese paper folding - sakura book" (1959), "The world of
origami" (1965, p. 49), "All about origami" (1960, p. 32) and Origami Holiday (1967, p. 6)
[p. 10-11][model nr. 17] () [kamenoko]: Probably a japanese traditional model
(or perhaps developed by Honda). Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books.
[p. 12][model nr. 18] [long helmet] () [nagakabuto]: Probably a japanese
traditional model (or perhaps developed by Honda). Don't appairs in the here mentioned
Honda books.
[p. 12-13][model nr. 19] [sea bream] () [tahi]: Probably a japanese traditional model
(or perhaps developed by Honda), almost appairs in "All about origami" (1960, p. 81).

[p. 12-13][model nr. 20] [goldfish] () [kingiyo] This model appairs almost
in Origami japanese paper folding - penguin book (1957), Origami japanese paper folding
- monkey book (1958) and All about origami(1960, p. 34)
[p. 12-13][model nr. 21] () [part 2]: Cicada. This model appairs almost in the
book Karayagusa.
[p. 14][model nr. 22] [airplane] () [hikauki]: Probably a japanese or european
traditional model. Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books.
[p. 14-15][model nr. 23] [certificate of pigeon chuan] () [denshiyobato]:
This model appairs almost in Honda books "Origami japanese paper folding penguin
book" (1957), "All about origami" (1960, p. 35), "The world of origami" (1965, p. 45)
and "Origami festival" (1967, p. 7)
[p. 16][model nr. 24] [undershirt] () [jiyuban]: Probably a japanese traditional
model. Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books.
[p. 16-17][model nr. 25] () [crane]: This model appairs almost in Honda books How to
make origami - astor book (1959, p. 20-21), "Noshi" (1964, p. 60-61), "Pocket guide to
origami - bow-wow book" (1959, p. 14-15), "Origami japanese paper folding - penguin
book" (1957), Origami japanese paper folding - fuji book (1959), "The world of
origami" (1965, p. 83-86) and "Origami festival" (1967, p. 12)
[p. 18][model nr. 26] () [heron]: This model appairs almost in the
books "Kayaragusa" (ca. 1840), "All about origami" (1960, p. 80) and "The world of
origami" (1965, p. 98: white heron)
[p. 18][model nr. 27] () [dragonfly]: This model appairs almost in the
books "Kayaragusa" (ca. 1840), "Pocket guide to origami - bow-wow book" (1959, p. 18), "The
world of origami" (1965, p. 95-96, 227-228, 237)
[p. 18-19][model nr. 28] () [swallow]: This model appairs almost in Honda
book: "Pocket guide to origami - bow-wow book" (1959, p. 16)
[p. 18-19][model nr. 29] () [copper pheasant]: Probably a japanese traditional
model. Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books.
[p. 20-21][model nr. 30] () [crab]: This model appairs almost in the books "Kayaragusa"
(ca. 1840), "Origami japanese paper folding - sakura book" (1959), "Origami japanese paper

folding - monkey book" (1958), "All about origami" (1960, p. 124-125), "The world of
origami" (1965, p. 230-233)
[p. 22][model nr. 31] [crow] () : This model appairs almost in Honda
books How to make origami - astor book (1959, p.36-37) "Origami japanese paper folding penguin book" (1957), "The world of origami" (1965, p. 102), "All about origami" (1960, p. 62)
and Origami Holiday (1967, p. 11)
[p. 22-23][model nr. 32] [crane folding wings] () [ohadzuru]: This model
appairs almost in Honda books "Noshi" (1964, p. 29) and "The world of origami" (1965, p. 99)
[p. 24][model nr. 33] [three hundred thirty-eight] () [hachihenge]: Probably
a japanese traditional model. Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books. Very similar
models appair in "Kayaragusa" (ca. 1840)
[p. 24-25][model nr. 34] [your palanquin] () [okago]: This model appairs almost
in Honda books , "All about origami" (1960, p. 182), "The world of origami" (1965, p. 93: kago
japanese-style Sedan chair)
[p. 26][model nr. 35] [cutting of the crane Whirlpool] ()
[kochimodzuru]: The modell appairs in book Senbazuru Orikata (1797)
[p. 26-27][model nr. 36] [brazier] () [brazier]: This model appairs almost in Honda
book "The world of origami" (1965, p. 91: hibachi japanese charcoal brazier)
[p. 26-27][model nr. 37] [postman] () [iubinfu]: Probably a japanese
traditional model. Don't appairs in the mentioned Honda books.
[p. 28][model nr. 38] [triangular barrel] () [tsunokaubako]: This model
appairs almost in Honda books "Origami japanese paper folding - monkey book" (1958), "All
about origami" (1960, p. 40) and "The world of origami" (1965, p. 88)
[p. 28-29][model nr. 39] [frog] () [kachel]: This model appairs almost in the
books "Kayaragusa" (ca. 1840), "Pocket guide to origami - bow-wow book" (1959, p. 24), "All
about origami" (1960, p. 86), "The world of origami" (1965, p. 118-119, 235) and "Origami
festival" (1967, p. 13-14)
[p. 28-29][model nr. 40] [octopus] (): This model appairs almost in the
books "Kayaragusa" (ca. 1840), "All about origami" (1960, p. 87), "The world of
origami" (1965, p. 240-241) and "Origami festival" (1967, p. 15)

[p. 30][model nr. 41] [barrel] () [kaubako]: This model appairs almost in Honda
book "Origami japanese paper folding - bunny book" (1959)
[p. 30][model nr. 42] () [sumitori]: This model is a variation of the model nr. 41
of the same book. Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books.
[p. 30-31][model nr. 43] [lily iron cannon] () [tetsupauyuri]: This model
appairs almost in Honda books "All about origami" (1960, p. 37), "The world of origami" (1965,
p. 121: lily) and "Origami festival" (1967, p. 15)
[p. 30-31][model nr. 44] [drawstring] () [kinchiyaku]: Probably a traditional
japanese model. This model don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books.
[p. 32][model nr. 45] [bowl of candy] () [kuwashibachi]: This model appairs
almost in Honda books: Origami folding fun - pony book (1967, p. 8-9), "All about
origami" (1960, p. 41) and "The world of origami" (1965, p. 90)
[p. 32-33][model nr. 46] [morning glory] () [asagaho]: This model appairs almost
in Honda books: "Noshi" (1964, p. 56 as napkin), "Origami japanese paper folding - penguin
book" (1957), "Origami japanese paper folding - bunny book" (1959, p. 13), "All about
origami" (1960, p. 39) and "The world of origami" (1965, p. 89)
[p. 32-33][model nr. 47] [surface of the fox] () [kitsunenomen]: This
model appairs almost in Honda books: Origami japanese paper folding - fuji
book (1959), "The world of origami" (1965, p. 65)
[p. 34][model nr. 48] [sparrow tomihisa] () [baking me]: Probably a
traditional japanese model. This model don't appairs in the mentioned Honda books.
[p. 34-35][model nr. 49] () [balloon]: This model appairs almost in Honda
books: Origami japanese paper folding - fuji book (1959), "Origami japanese paper folding
- monkey book" (1958), "All about origami" (1960, p. 36), "The world of origami" (1965, p. 73)
[p. 36][model nr. 50] () [mushikago]: Probably a traditional japanese model.
Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books.
[p. 36-37][model nr. 51] [ki] () [mi]: A traditional japanese model. Don't appairs in the
here mentioned Honda books. Compare with model nr. 52 of the same book.
[p. 36-37][model nr. 52] [masuichi] () [mass]: This model appairs almost in Honda
books: "Pocket guide to origami - bow-wow book" (1959, p. 9), All about origami(1960, p.

24) and "The world of origami" (1965, p. 73)


[p. 38][model nr. 53] [peacock] () [kudjiyaku]: Probably a traditional japanese
model. Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books. Compare with model nr. 48 of the
same book.
[p. 38-39][model nr. 54] [butterfly] () [tefutefu]: Probably a traditional
japanese model. Don't appairs in the here mentioned Honda books.
[p. 40][model nr. 55] [ship of five hundred boats] () [nisaubune]: This model
appairs almost in Honda book: Pocket guide to origami. Japanese paper folding - Bow-wow
book (1959, p. 4-5) and All about origami(1960, p. 22)
[p. 40-41][model nr. 56] [order of the star] () [star]: Probably a
Froebelian model taked to the 'forms of life'
[p. 40-41][model nr. 57] [suey] () [chiyabudai]: Probably a japanese model
taked to the 'forms of life'. Coloured as by "Kayaragusa" (ca. 1840) and "Origami
festival" (1967, p. 6)
[p. 40-41][model nr. 58] () [shishimahi]: Probably a Froebelian model taked to
the 'forms of life'
[p. 42][model nr. 59] [adobe web of imitating flowers] () [hanamoyau]: A
Froebelian sequence taked to the 'forms of beauty'
[p. 42-43][model nr. 60] [flower mimics adobe web four species of]: A Froebelian
sequence taked to the 'forms of beauty'. This model appairs almost in Honda books: "Pocket
guide to origami - bow-wow book" (1959, p. 5) and "The world of origami" (1965, p. 68-69)
[p. 44-45][model nr. 61] [input of cigarettes] () [tabakoire] [part 1],
[part 2]: This model appairs almost in Honda books: "Pocket guide to origami - bow-wow
book" (1959) (p. 28), "All about origami" (1960, p. 137) and "The world of origami" (1965, p.
179)
[p. 46] [on the next supplementary]
[p. 47] [wrapping paper gifts for family]
[p. 48] [model nr. 1] [noshi] () ['waves']: This model appairs almost in Honda
books "All about origami" (1960, p. 182) and "Noshi" (1964, p. 16-17)

[p. 48-49][model nr. 2] () [with its one noshi (in


ihahi tsutsumi no photo provided spoon and fork) wrapping paper second family celebration]:
This model appairs almost in Honda book "Noshi" (1964, p. 23-23)
[p. 50][model nr. 3] [mizuhiki knot] () [knot midzu argument
kata]: This model appairs almost in Honda book "Noshi" (1964, p. 14-15)
[p. 50-51][model nr. 4] () [family celebration wrapping
paper / with crane (in ihahi tsutsumi no photo provided spoon and fork)]: This model appairs
almost in Honda book "Noshi" (1964, p. 26-27)
[p. 52][model nr. 5] [sesame] () [komashihotsutsumi]
[p. 52-53][model nr. 6] () [with its two noshi
(high intragastric tsutsumi no photo provided spoon and fork) wrapping paper gifts for
relatives]
[p. 54][model nr. 7] [Inclusion] () [nakadzutsumi]
[p. 54-55][model nr. 8] [family celebration wrapping paper] () [suehiro form]
[towel folding] () [tenuguhi]
[p. 56][model nr. 9] [wallet] ()
[p. 56-57][model nr. 10] () [kimono]: This model appairs almost in Honda
books "Origami japanese paper folding - bunny book" (1959, p. 10) and "The world of
origami" (1965, p. 128)
[p. 58][model nr. 11] () [crane]
[p. 58-59][model nr. 12] () [tsurukame] [turtle crane]
[p. 60][model nr. 13] () [turtle, tortoise]
[p. 60-61][model nr. 14] () [tsurukame] [turtle crane]
[p. 62] [how to fold napkins]
[p. 62][model nr. 15] [prismatic] [prismatic]

[p. 62-63][model nr. 16] [bishops crown] [bishops crown]


[p. 64][model nr. 17] [lunch] [lunch]
[p. 64-65][model nr. 18] [fun] [fun]
[p. 65][model nr. 19] [dahlia] [dahlia]
[p. 66-67][model nr. 20] [orchid] [okitsudo]
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