How to fold Kumagai


What is Kumagai?

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

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

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

Difficulty level

— Total difficulty level —

— By item —
Easy to tear:・・・・・
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 creases, cut the paper at the blue line.

Cut the paper like this picture.

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

After making creases, your paper should look like this picture.

Preparing an origami paper is Completed!

Make creases

Make the basic creases which are the green and blue lines in this picture at each square.

When making Kumagai, make the basic creases at each yellow square in this picture.

This picture is after making the basic creases.

Please make sure whether there are creases which are the green and blue lines in the 2 picture ago at each square.

Cut the paper

Let’s cut your paper after making creases!

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

Making Kumagai while folding a paper at dotted line is get harder to make the model.
Cut the paper at the dotted line as well.

Cut the paper while referencing the diagram.

This is the enlarged picture.

Cut the paper until half of width of smaller paper.

Make sure the direction of each crane

Fold each paper so that where be drawn at the yellow line is changed to wings.

After making sure the direction of each crane, next step is making Kumagai.

If you try to make the models by yourself, I recommend that you don’t look at next page.

If you look at how to make them, please check next page!

Let’s make Kumagai!

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