Crease Pattern Challenge 061

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

What to say about Takashi Hojyo’s Bantam, which is Origami Tanteidan Magazine’s 61st Crease Pattern Challenge in issue #117? Hojyo’s stuff is always good, so that’s hardly worth mentioning. Looking at his, I noticed I left out a crimp for the neck, which would look a lot sharper. Actually, his looks very focused, but, while I guess I missed the tone, I like my eager chicken.

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There’s a sort of fluffiness throughout this one. It’s really neat against the crispness of the head and the nearly hidden feet.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 051

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Challenge 51 is Takashi Hojyo’s Geistkämpfer. That’s German for “Ghost Warrior” or so, but the Japanese title is 弓をひく天使, which is “Bow-firing Angel”. Both names are pretty badass.


So is the model. I’ve made this one a lot, but I couldn’t find any and only had a few pictures (the yellow ones). I made a new one coloured bronze like a statue.

I frequently fold this model a little differently than the pattern shows, changing the polarity flip to cause the lower part to be different coloured than the upper and wings (on double sided paper). It should be the wings different than the rest.


This is a great model, but I also enjoy folding it for some reason. It’s interesting but not frustrating, and the results are very striking.


I thought it might be neat to do tips sections for these challenge entries.

TIPS: It’s on a 64 grid (2·2·2·2·2·2), so the reference points should be easy. The real tricks are the two polarity switches. The first is in the middle with the wings; both sides of the wings can be folded at the same time as a unit. The other is above the wings and switches the upper body to be the same colour as the lower body.

Raijin and Fuujin

Miscellaneous, Origami

Takashi Hojyo made a spectacular Raijin, the god of thunder, which is on his site here. The crease pattern is in Origami Tanteidan Convention Book 10. Since the previous Crease Pattern Challenge mentioned Takashi Hojyo (and since Raijin isn’t one of the challenges), I thought I’d drop this here.


Raijin is usually paired with a similar god, Fūjin, the god of wind. Apparently, they fight each other a lot, but I only ever see them get along. One of the most famous depictions of them is two folding screens by Tawaraya Sōtatsu, a National Treasure of Japan. I tweaked the pattern to make Fūjin so that I could have something similar.



Hojyo’s style is more angular, like some of the more Indian inspired Buddhist statues. Fūjin has a wind bag instead of the drums surrounding Raijin, but I tried to make a few more subtle changes. Other than positions, Fūjin is a little wider than Raijin. Also, I tried to make Fūjin’s face slightly friendlier than Raijin’s.




Crease Pattern Challenge 040

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Issue 96 has Crease Pattern Challenge #40: Takashi Hojyo’s Vajra. Vajra, or Basara Taishou, is one of the twelve heavenly generals of China (this link is one of the first google results, but it has great tables, showing their associated colours, weapons, and zodiac animals).

Mr. Hojyo has been working on these as an entire set, on and off, for a while (he also updates older ones a lot). Because of that, I’ve looked up the generals a few times before. From the first time, the names felt familiar to me. I recognized Indra as a major Hindu deity as well (there tends to be a lot of Hindu-Chinese deity overlap), but that wasn’t it. I finally realized where I’d seen them before: Digimon Series 3. The 12 Deva digimon serve the 4 Sovereign digimon, based on the 4 Beast Gods. Vajramon has a centaur-style body but is an ox, as Vajra is associated with the ox.

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The first time I made this model (in yellow), I missed the reference points a bit but just pushed on. The face is a bit small because of that.

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When I went back recently, I finally found the right lines, but the hands seem too small for some reason. I think what happened is I misinterpreted the thumbs as sleeve.

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I’ve been meaning to paint more of these (preferably before but maybe after folding), but, when I checked the chart, I found out white is usually linked to Vajra.

I didn’t paint the next one either.

Crease Pattern Challenge 032

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Challenge 32, Takashi Hojyo’s Gabriel (Version 3), is another model that I made a while ago, took a couple of pictures of, then lost it. So, here are two Gabriels. At least I like Mr. Hojyo’s models a lot.


This is another one of his models (like the Geistkämpher; wait, the Geistkämpher isn’t until Challenge 51? I thought I already covered that one.) that I tend to get a little carried away with and miss a polarity flip. This one is easier to catch, so I don’t usually miss it. It causes the lower half to be the flip side of the paper. This is most clear in the more yellow model.


Hojyo says the angel is like one from an Annunciation by Botticelli, so I’m thinking the middle part in his arms is part of his robe. I’ve always folded it like something he was holding, such as tablets. Hojyo’s Gabriel has the more cloth-like version.


Crease Pattern Challenge 028

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Origami Tanteidan Magazine #82 is a special issue that mainly has crease patterns. So Crease Pattern Challenge #28 is actually several models split into 6 sections. I forgot whatever spiel I had for this, so direct to it I guess.

No.01 starts things with a bang: it’s A Crab and Its Kid by Toshiyuki Meguro. I had quite a bit of trouble with the reference points. I got quite a few, but, there are so many, I ended up estimating more than I knew. Such a large scale model ends up pretty forgiving, but mine (particularly the major shell) isn’t as sharp as possible.

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I hope my pictures show this well enough. There are 5 baby crabs under the main crab (it’s all one large square). Just getting that many points is fascinating, and they make a really neat model.

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No.02 is a Giraffe by Hideo Komatsu. I think this is my favourite model in this set. It’s a little trickier than it looks, which makes it interesting, but I think I like it just because the giraffe is endearing.

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03 is Satoshi Kamiya’s Dragonfly 1.1B. He always has great models with special details. The main feature with this one is the dragonfly’s banded tail. Having the tail along with four wings, six legs, and a detailed face (his is much better detailed than mine, by the way) is a little ridiculous.

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No.04 has two models by Takashi Hojyo: Un objet d’un poisson 5 (Pterois lunulata) and Un objet d’un poisson 11 (Jellyfish). These are pretty special, because he tends to do animals in a more traditional way than his human models. These two incorporate the methods he uses for humans to make an artistic lionfish and jellyfish. They kind of feel minimal but are very detailed. Unfortunately, I may have again missed a polarity switch on the lionfish (I tend to do with his models).

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No.05 is a set of little houses, listed as Japanese Roofs, by Tomohiro Tachi. These really aren’t the kind of models I like much, so I just Xeroxed them and folded them from those. They are neat having slopes with direction changes. Also, I have a red filter that I never get to use.

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The last model, No.06, is a Domino Cube by Ushio Ikegami. There are several crease patterns here, but I’m only doing the first one. He tends to come up with interesting methods to fold seemingly impossible models that are aesthetically fairly boring (to me at least). He previously made a Koch’s Snowflake Curve in Challenge #13. These are pretty neat (if I had colour change paper, the upper and lower cubes would be different colours), but they’re not really my thing.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 025

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Takashi Hojyo is another one of those folders with a lot of Crease Pattern Challenges, for obvious reasons. Challenge 25 in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 79 is his Violinist.

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His models tend to be a series of points you shape afterward. Usually, it’s a bit more obvious, but the violin, hands, and sleeve as well as the face and hair are pretty similar. It’s lucky for me the pattern has what’s what listed on it for reference. What really threw me, especially with the head, was the polarity switch in the dress that I almost missed. It’s shown clearly, but sometimes I just take off too fast on things like this.

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