Origami Deluxe
February 10, 2007 2:28 AM   Subscribe

Satoshi Kamiya makes some pretty incredible origami.
posted by grouse (17 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I like the V-SILEN Neptune.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:23 AM on February 10, 2007

Video (4.5mins)
posted by peacay at 3:43 AM on February 10, 2007

This guy is pretty famous in Japan. He's on TV shows all the time. Of course, he can't make something during the show; all of these pieces take hours and hours to make. Sometimes there's time lapse videos. All of the pieces are made from one piece of paper, and don't use any cutting or glue.
posted by donkeymon at 4:17 AM on February 10, 2007

"This guy is pretty famous in Japan. He's on TV shows all the time."

Yeah, but the problem is, you still gotta sit through about 1200 hours of people bonking each other on the head with oversize rubber hammers and/or sucking down ramen noodles and saying "oishiiiiiii!!!!" for every 17 seconds of airtime someone like Kamiya Satoshi gets on Japanese TV.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:33 AM on February 10, 2007 [1 favorite]

Oh. Origami. Read that too quickly...
posted by klaatu at 4:43 AM on February 10, 2007

flapjax: I hear you. 賛成です。
posted by greasepig at 5:06 AM on February 10, 2007

Am I the only one who likes Japanese TV?
posted by sotonohito at 6:04 AM on February 10, 2007

Wonderful! More Satoshi Kamiya is on Joseph Wu's origami page (click on Gallery, then Satoshi KAMIYA in the middle).
posted by algreer at 6:11 AM on February 10, 2007

Amazing. Although the mecha cannot be made out of just one sheet of paper since there's blue paper and foil paper.
posted by Vindaloo at 6:19 AM on February 10, 2007

Am I the only one who likes Japanese TV?

I'm glad it exists. I'm also glad that it's not what's on the airwaves in the countries I visit 99 percent of the time. Although, frankly there is now quite a bit of bizarre television in the west.

Slightly related: I remember doing a research report in middle school in the early 1990s on Japanese commercials and how weird they were. For many of them, there was no thought to the message; the goal was simply to get the viewer's attention and then expose them to the brand name. The content of the commercial might have zero to do with the product being sold.

Of course, U.S. and UK advertisements since then have become more and more like that. So maybe the rest of our TV will become as bizarre as Japanese TV someday.
posted by grouse at 7:22 AM on February 10, 2007

This is wet-folding, isn't it? Very impressive, nonetheless.
posted by ikalliom at 7:32 AM on February 10, 2007

And this one could be a mascot for metafilter called Cyclommatus metalifer. I could argue a paper insect captures something about this place, or maybe my brain is weird this morning.
posted by Listener at 12:22 PM on February 10, 2007

An origami metafilter... er metalifer.
posted by alexei at 12:22 PM on February 10, 2007

posted by alexei at 12:23 PM on February 10, 2007

The elusive jackalope is rough, but smile-inducing. This sort of work (and it *is* work) has always struck me as being more sculptural in nature than traditional origami...in which every fold should be in exactly the same place, everytime, and the student's aim is to achieve an exact replica of the teacher's example.

And even though the people I know who do this sort of sculpture insist it is still origami and can be replicated (making the pattern and decribing each fold is part of the final product) I see more individualism slipping out then is perhaps intended. Punk music performed on shakuhachi.

And as for the potential derail: I know I was much more entertained by Japanese t.v. in the first few years I lived here...back when I understood much less. Nowadays I can't watch much commercial t.v. here without getting angry, mostly at the reinforcement of stereotypes on the variety shows, and a general assault of aesthetic sensibilities. There is still a tendency to play the most jarring commercials 2 or 3 times in a row, because the ad-men think we're "too dumb" to remember their shoddy work, otherwise.
posted by squasha at 3:58 PM on February 10, 2007

You've got a point. He's on Beat Takeshi's show all the time, and I can't stand to watch it. Japanese TV is shit. It can be amusing at first, in a WTF kinda way, but once you get over the novelty and want to watch a decent program, you are shit out of luck.
posted by donkeymon at 4:47 PM on February 10, 2007

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