Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya 14-15

Origami, Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya

The next two models from Works of Satoshi Kamiya are a cat and a dolphin.


This one is a saber-toothed cat, aka the saber-toothed tiger. I don’t really understand why some people get angry when others call this a “tiger”. No one has that much of a problem with “giant panda” and “red panda” both being “pandas”. Or calling some “dolphins” “whales”.


I like this cat. He has a similar, wrapped form to the “Cerberus” model (the one that’s also from Kamiya). My cerberii slowly flatten out from the back ridge, because there are so many layers on the side. This cat has just the right thickness to be sturdy and stay folded without too much tweaking (like wetting and waiting for it to dry).

WOSK_115 - ORCA (1) WOSK_115 - ORCA (2) WOSK_115 - ORCA (3)

The next model (what is this now? 15? 16?) is an Orca. I’m not too big on smooth aquatic animals (I like spiny ones though), but I really like this one. I’m not sure why, but it could be his happy face and unbridledly optimistic smile.

Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya 11-13

Origami, Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya

This week, I have the next three models from Works of Satoshi Kamiya folded using the same size paper. First up is the Unicorn.

WOSK_111 - UNICORN (1) WOSK_111 - UNICORN (3)

He has a color change between the body and horn which I went overboard on by using dark purple and electric yellow. He has some kind of horse fuzzy parts before the hooves, which is neat. He kind of feels a little short, but I figure the complexity leads to a small model compared to some of the others.

WOSK_112 - YELLOW BIRD (2) WOSK_112 - YELLOW BIRD (6) - Copy WOSK_112 - YELLOW BIRD (1)

The twelfth model is The Yellow Bird! I don’t know why he’s not just called the Chocobo, which is the Final Fantasy bird that this model is about (he has a page of Final Fantasy inspired models if you don’t believe me). I get it may be to avoid copyright infringement, but you’d think Square Enix would just give it for free for this free publicity. I have nothing to scale him against. He is the scale.


The last model this week is #13, the Blue Whale. It has a lot of cool details, like eyes and blue whale stomach lines. It’s also interesting in that it has an open back. It does feel like a bit of work if you’re not the biggest blue whale fan but is still really neat to make at least once.

Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya 09-10

Origami, Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya

It’s been awhile since I did another couple of models from Works of Satoshi Kamiya. Again, all these models are made from 27.9 cm squares and shown alongside the Yellow Bird model to show scale between them.


The Inoshishigami, which means “Boar God”, is a pretty cool dude. Its legs are a little flimsy though. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be the one from that movie, or just a non-specific boar god.


A Barosaurus is one of those long-type Jurassic dinosaurs. It’s a more simple design to accommodate the length, but the face is still pretty nice.

I never can think of a good way to end one of these.

Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya 07-08

Origami, Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya

Moving on to the next couple of models from Satoshi Kamiya’s first book, a Kirin is a kind of unicorn-tiger that may have multiple horns and may be a giraffe in disguise, while a tyrannosaur is a member of a Cretaceous dinosaur species, many of whom lately seem predisposed to star in Hollywood movies. Most recently, a tyrannosaur stared in “RAPTOR Attack Team” with Star Lord and the title team.

WOSK_107 - KIRIN (1) WOSK_107 - KIRIN (5)

I think the Kirin is quite spectacular. He has this kind of bounding feel to him, so I thought I’d have him bounding around the chocobo.

WOSK_107 - KIRIN (2) WOSK_107 - KIRIN (3)

Hmn, that’s odd. Usually I have a summary, show pictures, then say stuff about the above pictures. But I already said stuff about the pictures above.


His Tyrannosaurus isn’t really the most complicated, but his less complex models tend to have something special. This Tyranno has a very endearing face to him. Ironically, while most people think of smaller dinosaurs as larger than they are, this one has been scaled down dramatically, unless the bird stands at a representative height of 4 meters.

Maybe I should post some more random models I like too. I had gotten Fumiaki’s Origami Fantasy before it went out of print, and it has some great dinosaurs.

Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya 04-06

Origami, Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya

Here’s another set of models from the book “Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003”, all folded with the same size of paper.

WOSK_104 - PEGASUS (1) WOSK_104 - PEGASUS (2)

I’m pretty sure this is his earliest Pegasus. He has some newer versions here and here.


I think I did ok on the Hercules Beetle, but it’s still kind of hard to see. Here’s his model, on his site.


The last one for now is #6 in the book: Divine Dragon Bahamut. He’s one of the more detailed models, so he comes out pretty tiny compared to the others.

Crease Pattern Challenge 001

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

The Japan Origami Academic Society puts out a magazine bimonthly. (And by that I mean once every two months. Not twice a month. It’s a terrible word. Maybe “hexaannually” would be better?) They also have yearly conventions and put out a very nice book that corresponds to each meeting.

Starting with issue 55, the magazine has had a section called “Crease Pattern Challenge”. This is only a single page with a crease pattern for people to try to fold. A crease pattern is just a square with lines on it that represent the final folds of the model. The first of these is actually the “Ancient Dragon” by Satoshi Kamiya. You already know I like his models, and this model is also in his book.


I think there are slight differences between this one and the one in his book. Since I’m going to put up the book Ancient Dragon soon anyway, I’m adding some other models here for, like, flavour, or something.


Kamiya’s Ancient Dragon and Bahamut models are actually pretty similar. While the final Bahamut might not show it, Bahamut BL (or God Dragon Bahamut) looks a bit like the Ancient Dragon.


While Kamiya’s looks like the dragon it’s supposed to, mine looks more like a dragon-bird. I got kind of hung up on there only being two legs, I guess. Still, I think a dragon-raven looks pretty nice.


I accidentally changed Bahamut ZERO as well. As I said before, his Bahamuts have a kind of similar pattern to his Ancient Dragon. Due to that, I ended up folding the ZERO model like a dragon initially and just liked it so much I kept it that way. He’s also got some kind of insect-like mandibles or maybe side teeth. I can’t tell if that’s in the original model too; it’s so shiny.


I hope to stumble through some more Crease Pattern Challenges, but some are quite difficult. So, we’ll see.

Scaled Works of Satoshi Kaimya 01-03

Origami, Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya

As you can tell, one of my favourite origami artists is Satoshi Kamiya. His first book, Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003, has lots of great models. I always have trouble visualizing the size difference from an initial square to model, even when it’s listed, so, in addition to folding these models, I’m folding them all with the same initial size of square. Hopefully that’s kind of interesting.

WOSK_100 - BOOK (2)

Anyway, the square size is 27.9 cm. I wanted a good way to scale the models between each other, so I just decided to scale them against model #12 in the book, “The Yellow Bird”, who stands, from the bottom of the feet to the top of the head, at about 10 cm. These first models are typically a bit easier than the later ones, so here are 3 to start off with.


The first is a Carnotaurus. He has a cute face. He also comes down enough in size that he makes the bird look gigantic.

WOSK_102 - EAGLE RAY (1) WOSK_102 - EAGLE RAY (3)

While fairly simple, the Eagle Ray has a very eloquent design, with the underside (picture without bird) showing the mouth and… other ray stuff, as opposed to the sleek top side of the body (shown with bird). This time, the ray dwarfs the bird.

WOSK_103 - SPLASH (1) WOSK_103 - SPLASH (3)

Splash!, the third model, is a bit different than all the others, as it includes part of a landscape. It also captures an inherently more active scene, with a bird landing in water.

There are 19 total models in the book. I’ll keep posting them out about 2 at a time till it’s finished out.

Ryuuzin 龍神

Miscellaneous, Origami

Satoshi Kamiya has some of the best origami in the world, and his Ryuuzin (Dragon God) is one of the most well know. For the Ryuuzin and several other projects, he has version numbers for each of his major improvements to the model. The following are my attempts at folding some of the released crease patterns.

New_KAMIYA - RYUZIN 1-2 (3) New_KAMIYA - RYUZIN 1-2 (2)

Dragon of Emperor

I’m not sure if this really counts as one, but the Dragon of Emperor has a very similar head to the Ryuuzin on his website. Since all the other Ryuuzin are versions 2 or above, I always assumed this was either a prototype or version 1. There used to be a random crease pattern section on Kamiya’s website (it might still be there, just not in the same place), and this was one of those crease patterns.

New_KAMIYA - RYUZIN 2-1 (2) New_KAMIYA - RYUZIN 2-1 (9)

Ryu Jin 2.1

The 2.1 Ryuuzin shows what makes this model special. The entire body of the model is covered in scales. Both the scaled skin and length are achieved by an ingenious design. This can be seen on the crease pattern at the bottom of the above link. The top right corner is the head and the bottom right corner is the tail. The scales run across the top and bottom edges, and the middle of the model is collapsed. This means the top and bottom edges on the left side of the model meet in the middle and allow a much longer dragon.

I had though I had folded a 3.1, but now I can’t even find a crease pattern for it. If I had folded one, I’ve probably given it away by now. You can have a look at Satoshi Kamiya’s original here: Ryu Jin 3.1

New_KAMIYA - RYUZIN 3-5 (1) New_KAMIYA - RYUZIN 3-5 (6)

Ryu Zin 3.5

The most recent version is 3.5, and its crease pattern wasn’t released until Kamiya’s Challenge book in 2010 (not counting exhibitions). It’s quite detailed (the crease pattern had to be put on the inside of the book jacket), and the book has some tips on folding portions of the dragon, such as the scales. This model took me quite a while, and I didn’t even articulate all of the scales.

Book Links:
OrigamiHouse (Japanese)
Origami Shop (French/English/Spanish/German)

For all of these models, the most complex part is probably the head. The body is more daunting than difficult, so you just have to be patient (or very stubborn).

New_KAMIYA - RYUZIN 3-5 (4) New_KAMIYA - RYUZIN 3-5 (8)