Google Celebrates Akira Yoshizawa’s 101st Birthday

To mark the 101st birth anniversary of Akira Yoshizawa, popularly known as the Grandmaster of origami, Google has come with a colorful origami-themed Google doodle, which has replaced the company’s usual Google logo on its homepage.

Happy Birthday Akira Yoshizawa

Origami is a Japanese art, which is a composite of two smaller Japanese words: “ori”, meaning to fold, and “kami”, meaning paper, which started is early 17th century AD and was then popularized in other cities outside Japan in the mid-1900s.

Akira Yoshizawa was born on 14 March 1911 in Kaminokawa, Japan, to the family of a dairy farmer. From his early ages itself, Yoshizawa was self-learnt man and took interests in teaching himself the art of folding papers or origami. When he was 13 years old, Yoshizawa got his first job at a factory in Tokyo. When he was promoted from a worker to a technical draftsman, Yoshizawa revived his passion for origami.

Yoshizawa then resigned from his job in mid-1930s in order to pursue his passion for art.  For the next two decades, he lived a real hard life, selling preserved fish door-to-door. In 1951, things started to lucky for Yoshizawa as he was commissioned by a magazine company to fold the 12 signs of the Japanese zodiac to illustrate its next issue, which helped him reach out to the world.

Happy Birthday Akira Yoshizawa

In 1983, Japanese emperor Hirohito named him to the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest honors that can be given to a Japanese citizen. In 1989, Yoshizawa made an estimation that he had created more than 50,000 models, of which only a few hundred designs were diagrammed in his 18 books.

Akira Yoshizawa died on March 14, 2005 in hospital in Itabashi Ward of complications of pneumonia on his 94th birthday.

Meanwhile, watch this simple videos demonstration of the paper folding project, done in computer graphics using the OpenGL as Platform –

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