Some of the world’s toughest origami are taught in a new book to be released in September


A single digit requires 266 steps.

Origami, the traditional Japanese art of folding paper into shapes, is still a part of life here. From products in vending machines and capsule dispensers to life hacks, creating something and expressing yourself artistically is still a great hobby.

Getting started in origami usually involves making a crane, helmet, or other simple shapes, but there comes a point in every file’s life when those shapes no longer cut it. This is where the next book transcendental origami (Chozetsuno Origami) Between.

This book contains 21 works by not one, not two, not three, but four masters of the art: Makoto Yamaguchi, Satoshi Kamiya, Chuya Miyamoto and Kyohei Katsuta. It is published by Seitosha, who previously published Supreme Origami and ultimate origamitwo of the most difficult origami books on the market.

As the name suggests, transcendental origami goes even further. The highlight is Chuya Miyamoto’s famous Winged Kirin. This highly detailed figure is based on the statues found in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo.

The Winged Griffin was originally folded around 20 years ago, but since then Miyamoto has made considerable improvements such as finer details in the wings. Therefore, this piece requires incredible patience to follow the 266 steps needed to make one.

It might be a bit too advanced to begin with, but luckily Miyamoto submitted this pensive bear for the book as well. It’s no cakewalk either, but it should help warm you up for the griffin.

This is just the start of all the things that can be done with Transcendent origami. There are 19 other instructions too, for paper wonders such as this regal looking rooster.

As cute as they may seem, these origami projects are not to be taken lightly. In fact, those who pre-order Transcendental Origami online from Rakuten Books can also get a package that includes large, high-quality, and easily foldable paper, because you’ll need all the help you can get.

The book itself, however, will be on sale across Japan for 2,640 yen ($19) starting September 5., for those who are ready to take on the transcendental challenges within. I know I am, just after figuring out how to make one of those cute square trash cans.

Source: PR Times, Rakuten Books
Images: PR Times
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