How to fold Kumagai


What is Kumagai?

“熊谷/Kumagai” is one model of 49 kinds of “連鶴/Renzuru”.

Renzuru means connected-cranes which are made of only one paper without glue and tape.

49 kinds of Renzuru was in the book which is “秘伝千羽鶴折形/Hiden-Senbazuru-Orikata”.
The book was published in 1797.

Difficulty level

— Total difficulty level —

— By item —
Tear easily :・・・・・
Complexity :・・・・・
Hard to fold:・・・・・

Completed Kumagai

The diagram of Kumagai

<reference>『Hiden-Senbazuru-Orikata』- was published in 1797

Preparation of an origami paper


a 17.5×17.5cm paper or it is bigger than 17.5cm.

・Basic origami paper
・Double sided origami paper
・Washi paper

Fold the paper in half.

After making a crease, cut the paper on the blue line.

Then fold the paper in half vertically and in four horizontally.

After making creases, it looks like this picture.

Preparing an origami paper is completed!

Make creases

Make basic-creases, which are the green lines and the blue lines in this picture, on each square in the paper.

Make basic-creases in each yellow square.

This picture is taken after making basic-creases in each yellow square.

Please make sure whether there are the creases, which are the green lines and the blue lines in the 2 pictures ago, in each yellow square.

Cut a paper

Cut your paper after making creases!

<reference>『Hiden-Senbazuru-Orikata』- was published in 1797

If you make this model while folding a paper along the dotted lines, it will get harder to make it.
Therefore, cut the paper on the dotted lines as well.

Cut the paper while referencing the diagram.

This is an enlarged picture.

Cut the paper until half of a small square.

Make sure the direction of each crane

Make cranes so that the yellow lines are changed to wings.

After making sure the direction of each crane, make the model – Kumagai.

In the next page, there is how to make the model.
If you try to make it by yourself, I recommend that you don’t look at the next page!

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