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The Sublime Origami Animals of Japan’s Satoshi Kamiya

 Origami, the ancient art of paper-folding has been practiced for nearly 2000 years and is a permanent part of the art world. It is embedded in numerous Japanese traditions and has evolved over the centuries into many different forms that inspire contemporary artists. The practice itself varies from simple to complex depending on the nature of the figure being created, from flowers to boxes. The most popular origami figures are, of course, animal figurines. Dogs, cats, frogs, and even extinct species like various dinosaurs have been created through a few dozen folds of papers. 

Satoshi Kamiya is arguably one of the most prolific origami artists in the world. His pieces are extremely complex and intricate, earning him much fame. Kamiya specializes in creating animal figures, both real and mythological. He is, perhaps, most well known for his dragons, which require nearly 300 different precise folds to make. He has published 3 books elucidating detailed instructions on how to make his various origami figures, the latest having been released in 2019. Just to get a taste of the amazing things pictured in these books, take a look at these incredible paper creations!  

 

1. Unicorn

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Unicorn

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2. Lyrebird 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, lyrebird

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3. Three-Tailed Phoenix

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, three-tailed phoenix

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4. Spinosaurus 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Spinosaurus

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5. Ancient Dragon 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Ancient Dragon

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6. Elephant 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Elephant

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7. Cerberus, the Three-Headed Dog guarding the gates of the Underworld in Greek Mythology 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Cerberus, the Three Headed Dog guarding the gates of the Underworld in Greek Mythology

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8. Eagle Ray 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Eagle Ray

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9. Barosaurus 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Barosaurus

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10. Dog 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Dog

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11. Wasp

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Wasp

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12. Dragon 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Dragon

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13. Praying Mantis 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Praying Mantis

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14. Bahamut, the Sea Monster 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Bahamut the sea monster

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15. Dragonfly 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Dragonfly

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16. Veiltail angelfish

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Veiltail Angelfish

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17. Cicada Nymph 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Cicada Nymph

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18. Pegasus 

Origami animals, real and mythological, designed by Japanese origami expert Satoshi Kamiya, Pegasus

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