PREFACEA single sheet of paper can be turned into any imaginative figure even by a small child. This is the charm of origami. It has developed children's creativity and dexterity for generations. There have been numerous traditional origami models, some of which are t seen any more. It is surprising that those centuries-old models often represent the most distinctive forms we can think of wadays. In this book I introduce traditional models with a little twist to show them off, along with new creations. I hope you will share the joy of origami, doing it your way, or possibly creating invative designs.
REIKO ASOU has studied children's education in Tokyo and while being a kindergarten teacher she began studying art in various media including research in traditional origami. In 1991, she became an origami instructor for Japan Origami Hall, since then she has been presiding over Himawari, an origami circle, endeavoring to popularize the craft. She contributes much to cultural exchange not only in Japan but internationally.