Origami Bijou

Fashioned from a single sheet of silver

Renzuru – the advanced origami technique of folding multiple cranes with a single sheet of paper

Cindy Ng

Mizuho Tomita, stands in front of his impressive body of work at his gallery in Kyoto. Photo by Mihoko Takizawa, courtesy The Asahi Shimbun

Are you bored with just folding a single paper crane? Do you feel like something is missing from your regular origami routine? Well, renzuru (連鶴) might be for you! Literally “consecutive crane,” renzuru us an advanced, slightly daunting origami technique that involves folding multiple cranes out of a single piece of paper.

Tomita says that his favorite size to work with is a rectangular sheet that measures 64 cm x 92 cm (25 in x 36 in). At his gallery, where you’ll find various feats of folding, Tomita also holds small workshops where he shares his obsession with students.

Here’s a quote from the article on how Tomita got into this crazy activity in the first place:

Tomita said his obsession started with a dream he had on the night of Jan. 2, 1997.

Since ancient times, Japanese people have believed the first dream of the year, specifically the “hatsuyume” (first dream) of Jan. 2, foretells the fortune of the coming year.

In Tomita’s hatsuyume, a crane landed from the sky and pronounced that he should “go ahead and fold origami.”

Below are images from the photoblog hibiarekore. The blogger visited a gallery in Minamiboso, Chiba, where the work of renzuru artist Aiko Nomura was on display:

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