Item description for Origami Omnibus: Paper Folding for Everybody by Kunihiko Kasahara...
With more than 250 projects of many different types and levels of difficulty, this bestselling, encyclopedic work contains traditional and modern paper-folding methods, and includes folds for the beginner and works calculated to challenge the experts.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 10.25" Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1998
Publisher Japan Publications
ISBN 4817090014 ISBN13 9784817090010
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More About Kunihiko Kasahara
Modern origami pioneer Kunihiko Kasahara studied broadcasting at Nihon University's College of Art, where his interest in origami began. His first book, Origami Book for Mother and Child (Seiko-sha), was displayed at the Japanese pavilion of the Osaka Expo in 1970, and was later packed into a time capsule that will be kept sealed for 5,000 years. He lies in Kanagawa, Japan.
Reviews - What do customers think about Origami Omnibus: Paper Folding for Everybody?
Reprint of th 1988 book Aug 7, 2005
This is essentially a reprint of the 1988 book with a new cover. That said, I have to admit that anyone who didn't purchase a copy of that volume at the time is indeed lucky to have the opportunity presented to them again in this book.
Kasahara jumps the student right into some very elaborate models. Most are purely delightful. I am particularly impressed with the masks and plan on making some of them in large paper for wall decore for friends this Christmas. Many of the designs are presented in other books on the subject, but Kasahara frequently goes one better or beyond. The Persian cat is probably one of the nicest models of a cat I've found.
One of the interesting things about this book is the author's marriage of origami to geometry and mathematics. The book has some of the most comprehensive discussions on the relationships of three dimensional geometric objects to one another that I've ever seen in an origami book. While I was more interested in the artist's rendering of new models and didn't get as deeply into the geometrics of the art, I have to admit, the discussions were very cogent and would be an asset to a math teacher.
Probably the most magnificent of the book's presentations is one based precisely on the above topic. The author presents an ingenious box which opens out successively into smaller boxes that create a huge tableux of fall, winter, summer and spring, complete with animals, trees, boats, mountains and houses. How better to reveal the true volume of a cube than by this means!
delightful Mar 3, 2004
This is a huge volume with a large variety of subjects presented. Going from memory, there are masks, dinosaurs, animals, boxes, modular polyhedrons, and more. It would be hard for one to leaf through this book and not find at least a few models that are "must-folds".
This may not be the best book for beginners. I played around with origami a bit as a child and this is the first book I've ever bought. I've had a few problems following the more complex diagrams, but usually after a test fold (where I end up completely mangling the paper) I can re-do the project with little difficulty. There is little-to-no indication of the difficulty of models, e.g. they certainly aren't arranged by difficulty, but its simple enough to determine that a project with 30 steps will be much more difficult than a project with 8 steps.
What I find especially inspiring in this volume is the author's scant text. He communicates the history and beauty of origami in a simple manner. His passion definitely shows through. I wouldn't have expected to develop such an appreciation from one volume. Folding has become a relaxing, meditative hobby for me, and I'd recommend this volume for anyone seeking the same.
Great all-around origami book Jun 17, 2003
Origami Omnibus has a wide spectrum of models, so everyone can enjoy this book. I like it because it has easy models, but also hard ones that I am still working on. It has a lot of modular origami, which is one category I enjoy. This book explains how geometry and origami are alike. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys origami.
Truly wonderful Feb 25, 2002
Some of the folds are very difficult to understand, yes. However, with a little perseverence, many can be figured out. There's nothing quite like finishing an origami when you had to struggle through some difficult folds to do it. The few times a fold has me completely stymied, this book has such a wealth of material to choose from, it is always easy to set the paper aside and find another project, just as fascinating, hopefully more tractable. This book's greatest strength is its variety. In terms of subject matter, difficulty levels, and sheer number of fascinating forms, I have not yet seen a superior volume.
The epitomous origami book Jan 18, 2001
Near perfect. Nuff said. All idiots, please avoid. This is for high level folders only.