Origami Collection

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Pub Date Dec 10 2012 | Archive Date Oct 27 2020

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This book is a popular souvenir for foreigners and includes 32 different types of traditional Japanese origami with elegant patterns, with English translation to show you how to fold basic origami.

You can cut out a origami (18cm x 18cm) and use it right away, so even foreigners who have never used origami before can easily create their own works.

You also can enjoy this book just by looking at the various Japanese patterns.

This book is a popular souvenir for foreigners and includes 32 different types of traditional Japanese origami with elegant patterns, with English translation to show you how to fold basic origami.


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ISBN 9784405071629
PRICE ¥1,400 (JPY)

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My friend who likes origami loved it! I myself struggled with this book because my computer could not load the full images, which was a shame.

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Origami Collection is a really nice traditional tutorial manual *with* origami paper (physical edition) by origami master Kazuo Kobayashi. Originally released in 2012, this edition is 128 pages and available in softcover paperback.

These are beautiful, colorful, and well sculpted folds. There are variations on classics and new sculptures as well. There are 32 in all and they range from simple to advanced. All are pictured in color and all have folding diagrams in the line-drawn Japanese traditional style.

The book is written in Japanese and English. I don't read Japanese, but I'm told it's well written. The English is...whimsical, but fully understandable.

This would make a lovely gift for an origami learner or enthusiast. It would also make a nice weekend "lockdown" activity at home for family time.

Five stars. Really pretty sculptures.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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Origami Collection is from 2012 and contains a collection of beautiful images of origami.  The first half of the book shows all of the finished products and the second half contains prints that can be used as the paper to make your own and then the instructions on how to make the origami.  I didn't try to make any, but very much so enjoyed admiring all the photos.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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This art guide shows us the different designs that will be shown in the book, there are lots of pages of different paper to use for origami and then there are guides on how to fold the different origami creations. This would be a good gift for someone who is interested in making origami!

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A beautiful and fascinating book on Origami. Written in Japanese and English, with great, simple diagrams which are perfect for the beginner, Included are some lovely papers for your Origami.

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This book has a good variety of items you can make. The diagrams are pretty detailed and easy to follow. I would say though that this book is better suited to people who have intermediate orgami skills not beginning.

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This is a perfect book for anyone with an interest in origami, whether a beginner or someone with experience. It would make a really lovely gift, and it has all you need to get going.
I love it mostly because it is so authentic, which sets it apart from other origami how-to books on the market.
The full colour photographs are gorgeous, showing you how your projects should look, the instructions are easy to follow and accompanied with text in Japanese as well as in English, and the thing I liked the most, the beautiful illustrated and patterned papers you see in the photographed projects - they are included in the book, so you can photocopy them (or cut out - if anyone could be that brutal!!) and use them for your own projects.

Arigato! To the author, publishers and Netgalley for letting me read an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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This book of origami has instructions for about 20 different creations. I really enjoyed that although it was an English translation, it kept the original Japanese text. The text and illustrations are quite clear to understand although the translation isn't 100 percent accurate, it's just small things like a change in tense, when using an "a" instead of a "the", which would make more sense grammatically, but does not at all take away from the meaning 0r teaching.

I thought that the designs were good and showed a good range of techniques and end results. I've taught many of these designs to people before when I've taught basic origami so I think it's a great selection for an adult new to folding.
This book must be purchased physically as a good portion of it is dedicated to origami paper, which is assigned to particular projects.
My favourite project was the snake (page 108), which I've never seen before!

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I was so excited to see an origami book pop up here, and I was not disappointed!

The paper included in this book is absolutely gorgeous (much nicer than what I had!) and the projects were very pretty as well. Some of them I recognized from other origami books I own, but others were entirely new. I was most excited to see the Iris and Flamingos, as I know how to make a few other animals and flowers. Now I can add those to my repertoire!

I also thought that the folding diagrams were super easy to follow. There is a folding index included to aid people who are not familiar with the symbols used, and I think a lot of these designs could be done by beginners (especially the ones at the start of the book). Furthermore, I liked that the original Japanese text as well as the English translation were included. I cannot speak for the Japanese, but the English directions were very clear.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking to delve into the world of origami, or anyone just looking for really pretty origami paper)! 5/5 stars.

I have submitted my review to amazon and will include a link when it is approved.

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This is a great book with lots of origami ideas that are fun to try as an indoor activity with my children.
There are 32 different things to make and the physical book comes with some brightly coloured and patterned paper to use (but of course you can use your own paper too.)
I believe the designs are very authentic as the book is written in both Japanese and English.
Unfortunately I did struggle more than necessary as I had to work from the diagrams alone, due to the words of the book not downloading correctly.
However, the diagrams are fairly self explanatory and if you are looking for a calm indoor activity for yourself or to share with others this origami book is well worth a look.

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I loved the wonderful paper designs this book has. Then it teaches designs of various things that can be made using these coloured papers.
It shows how to make flamingo, house, piano, plane, pig and many such things.
It is very concise and sophisticated book. One that you keep and take out if kids want to make things with papers.
Books from Japan are hitting bestseller lists. Hope this becomes best sellers in its genre.
I liked to see colored papers with excellent designs in first half of the book.
Thanks netgalley and the publisher for excellent review copy.

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First things first, patience is NEEDED, lots of it. The book has multiple designs that you can’t help but want to try but it takes awhile to get a hang of it so your forced to practice. But the sense of achievement is there when you finish one correctly

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A wonderful, fun starting point for anyone wanting to try the Japanese art of origami, as well as being a great addition for those with more experience. The 32 colourful illustrations at the beginning of the book are really inspiring. The paper included is brightly coloured and is both plain and patterned. I found the illustrated instructions at the back of the book to be very clear and generally straightforward. Thank you to Kazuo Kobayashi, Net Galley and Media Do International Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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A fun and gorgeous manual for origami! Easy to follow steps and comes with patterns you can use. I had so much fun making some of the origami creatures in ti=his book! The steps are simple and easy to follow and the end result is awesome! This is a great craft book!

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This is a great book to have in a classroom. I had a student in Grade 4 / Year 5 who was interested in origami and his enthusiasm for the subject and evident enjoyment led to the whole class becoming enthused.

The book is split into three key parts, starting with colourful photos of the different pieces of origami. Sheets of origami paper come next (I’m assuming that this section is tear out), and with each sheet is a brief note explaining which origami piece it was used for. Finally there’s the ‘folding section’, which starts with examples of the basic folds. The origami designs range from easy to difficult (in no particular order) and each one has clear numbered instructions and illustrations.

For me, it’s a keeper.

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I have had a book of origami paper planes sitting on my shelf for about a year. When the lockdown was announced in the UK, I decided to set myself a mini art project of folding a paper plane for every day of the lockdown. While I couldn't go outdoors or see friends and family, I would at least come out of lockdown an expert plane folder! The book included 100 sheets, and while when I started I couldn't possibly imagine spending 100 days in lockdown, 100 days did indeed come and go.

I came across this book on NetGalley on around day 85 and immediately requested it. Folding those planes every day had become an enjoyable and almost therapeutic task and I was eager to continue practicing origami and continue on with my project after I ran out of sheets from the original book.

I really liked the selection of different activities in this book, ranging from the simpler and more common paper planes to slightly more interesting and complex designs such as a piano or a kimono. The instructions were a bit confusing sometimes, but they were translated from Japanese, so that's fair. A lot of the folds were similar throughout the different activities, though, so it definitely got easier as I went through them to figure out what to do. Having said that, there were some I weren't able to figure out at all, but I'm sure I will with practice!

Overall, I would recommend this title to anyone who has an interest in origami or just in doing something creative (even if you're a complete beginner like me!). It was fun to be able to use this book to assist me in my lockdown project and engage in something creative. I definitely feel like I've picked up a new skill/interest now!

Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for approving me for this title.

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Loved this book the origami pictures are beautiful. And I love the section explaining the different folds.

The origami designs range from easy to difficult and has easy to understand instructions and illustrations. If you are interested in origami this book is fantastic and I highly recommend it.

I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

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Oh my, what a little treasure this is!

My son is an avid origami maker, and we have read quite a few books on the subject, from boring to amazingly complex ( who knew you could do that with paper!) This is neither of those, it's pretty, user-friendly and easy enough for the novice, but enchanting enugh for the afficianado. The paper used and displayed throughout the book is also quite beautiful,.

I'd highly recommend this, it's a delightful addition to any bookshelf and would make a lovely gift.
Many thanks to Net Galley, Kazuo Kobayashi, and Media Do International. Inc for my ARC.

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I have done origami for many years, and this is a good book for a beginner. The photos of the various models and instruction diagrams are well done. I wish I could have removed some of the paper provided to fold something myself, but, alas, ebooks aren't made of paper!

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This book is a really nice traditional tutorial manual for Japanese origami. It is really simple so even for beginners. A great little book to enjoy on the weekend when you have nothing to do. User friendly!

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I loved the book. It is pretty similar to all other origami collections, but what I find different is the beautiful index with the images for each model. And also the papers full of designs and colours. As the other books do provide paper but they are that simple square papers.

This book is recommended for kids, and yes to the Origami beginner's too.

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Origami is really different then a craft or entertaining outlet. I have a book of introductory Origami and it is much more juvenile, simple, and for learning.

Then Origami becomes Art. It has the beauty of painting a picture, designing fabric, design, and beauty. My niece does beautiful origami, so she has already gotten me some really lovely, high quality paper.

I have already started some projects. I love the birds the best. They are just stunning. Since, I am pretty new to Origami, it takes a bit of practice if you want perfection...and I do, but it looks much harder then it really is. The baskets also are unique and those will be something I will make. When you do crafts, you can never have enough small baskets.

The layout of the book is easy to use and most important the guides for folding the paper are very clear. It is easy to understand.

If you like Origami, I would definitely this as an upgrade to finer work. If you have not done it before, it is a relaxing and fun activity, especially this year with Corona never seeming to ease up. Enjoy!

So, I already ordered the paperback copy for my niece. I am sure she will love it at Christmas.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book. It is very much appreciated. (less)

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A pretty origami book, great for an avid admirer or person who already has experience making origami. I don't think it would be too useful for a beginner trying to learn.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This book really wasn’t what I was expecting but after looking through it a couple of times I found it intriguing and very clever.
If you are looking for a book to teach you Origami this isn’t the one. If you want to be much more creative then give this a look.
You think of Origami as being done with plain white paper but here the use of pattered paper adds a whole different interest of the objects made.
I found it slightly strange that there was pages of different pattered pieces of paper. A bit like a directory of paper you could use. It may be that in the ‘physical’ book[ I had an online copy, these pages are to be used to make your own Origami – but nothing written to indicate this when reading the book and not of any use if you but a digital version.

There then follows a ‘Diagram of Folds. Section. This is in Japanese and English with pictures of the varies folds you need to do to achieve the finished piece. The instructions are very simplistic and I would think you would need to have already done some Origami first as for a beginner it would be quite hard.

There is a lot in this book and if you are looking at making some new things or practice your Origami them it’s an excellent visual book. If you are a beginner you might want to try a different simpler book but buy and keep this one for when you’ve practised a bit more.

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Mostly has familiar and simple models, but nice to see them rendered in the printed papers. Clear instructions and nice photographs.

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Lots of fun origami projects; several are old standbys but lots were new (to me anyway) designs that I'm looking forward to trying. Each project has pictures for nearly every step to make it easier to follow along.

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Didn't get to read this before it was archived! Seemed really interesting though. My bad. I love crafts and origami and stuff like that. I'm sure everything inside was super cute.

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A lovely book for the new origamist. Full of traditional, easy to fold models. However, if you are new to this, don’t expect to master the models straight away. Learn the basics as you go along and slowly, slowly, you’ll get there. Great photos too.

The reason for the 4 stars rather than 5 stars, is because there is nothing new in this book. Models are traditional classics that can be found in other similar books that have been out there for years.

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