Akira Yoshizawa

March 14, 2012 by staff 

Akira Yoshizawa, Happy birthday Akira Yoshizawa – make an origami bird to celebrate. Today marks 101 years since the birth of Akira Yoshizawa, the grandmaster of origami.

Google has marked the occassion with a special origami doodle – and we thought you might like to celebrate Yoshizawa’s birthday by making a traditional origami flapping bird.

Mark Bolitho, chair of the , met Yoshizawa on a few occasions. Yoshizawa was, he says, a pioneer of techniques such as wetting the paper to make it easier to fold, and of making more complex models as paper technology improved. Here, Mark guides you through the steps to make your own origami bird.

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