Film Japan Photography


We watched a fairly depressing live-action film at Anime society last night called Hana-bi (meaning ‘fireworks’), written, directed and acted in by the omni-skilled Takeshi Kitano. I won’t bore you with the details right now but sufficed to say it didn’t have the happiest of endings, but still, a brilliant film.

A little later on a few of us reconvened to practice the ancient art of origami (paper folding) and I got a few pics:

Coloured origami paper from Muji

Helping hands

Solitary crane

Of course, we couldn’t quite rival the proper Japanese origami masters who can make models like this in their sleep:

Origami Master

…now there’s skill.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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  1. buzb74 says:

    Hi, could you tell me who the origsmi expert is who made the dragon, or could you tell me where I can find more pictures of this identical dragon.


  2. Alice says:

    Sweet… i don’t think there would be any instuctions for that because those diagrams were hard to come up with and i doubt that they would want to share the knowledge with you. but there is this one website that can show you…sorry it’s in pdf form…just google ‘dragon in flight’ and it’ll pop up. they have a youtube video for that too.

  3. Aliya says:

    hey can you please teach me how to make the dradon. i love origami and love to learn more. someday i would LOVE to be an origami pro but i am far from that. please teach me i am a quick learner. Aliya

  4. lisa says:

    can someone teach me? i need to know how to fold an origami heart with two birds sitting on top looking at each other. Can anyone help me?

  5. MashitaCroxsx says:

    The dragon, it’s modular. He probably used 30+ pieces of paper for that thing. Japanese people just fold randomly and then put it together. There is no diagram. Unless someone makes one.

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