Akira Yoshizawa (born in Kaminokawa on March 14, 1911, died on March 14, 2005 in Ogikubo) is considered the “father of modern origami” because of his unique and lasting contributions to this art (with more than 50,000 different figures ). Yoshizawa started folding origami at the age of 15 and quickly developed a true love for the art. Over the years he has perfected his origami techniques and created many intricate and innovative designs.
In addition to his creations, Yoshizawa wrote several books on origami, which helped popularize this art around the world. He also founded the International Origami Association, which has become an important center for the dissemination of this art.
One of Yoshizawa’s most important innovations was the creation of what he called the “Yoshizawa-Randlett method”. This method consists of using symbols to indicate how to fold the paper, which has greatly simplified the transmission of the origami technique from one person to another.
Additionally, Yoshizawa also introduced the use of different papers to create varying textures and colors in his origami designs. He was also a strong proponent of the idea that origami was an art in itself, and not just a hobby or pastime.
Despite his advanced age, Yoshizawa continued to fold origami until his death in 2005. He was elevated to the Order of the Rising Sun by Japanese Emperor Hirohito in 1983. Today, his legacy as an origami artist and teacher lives on through his works and his followers. Many origamists still draw inspiration from his techniques and philosophy to pursue their own creativity in this art.
below the method to make an Origami crane.