Review: Origami: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making Animals, Flowers, Planes, Boats, and More by Yukiko Duke, Norio Torimoto

Reviewer: Miss Cai

If you read my book review last week you’d known what a nut I was about origami ever since I was a little girl! It fascinated me how unlimited possibilities could come out from from a single square sheet of paper… and in fact, it still does!

I’d tried my hand at creating my very own design; something new and different from the usual. It is not easy, and that is what separates the masters – who come out with their own original patterns- versus the enthusiast who as it is, sometimes already struggle with certain concepts and complicated folds.

Today I’ll be reviewing Origami: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making Animals, Flowers, Planes, Boats, and More by Yukiko Duke, Norio Torimoto. One aspect I really enjoyed in this instructional guide, is that they touched on the subject of creating your very own models.

In their Do Your Own Origami section, the authors touched on the mindset of an origami master, besides a sharing of philosophies and experience, stuff that is usually kept secret. I deeply appreciated this enlightening tutorial on the evolution of origami, with its many examples and illustrations of choices and possibilities.

Should you consider yourself a non-beginner in the art of paper folding, you’ll definitely relish their Challenge Yourself section. It features complex structures that are at least a hundred times more difficult than making a standard traditional Japanese crane.


Tanah! This is one of the origami models I learnt from this informative book. Can you tell it’s a dinosaur? I modified it slightly to give it a bit of personality… If you’re into origami too, feel free to comment and share pictures of your creations!

This book is available at all good bookstores, as well as, an ebook. However, I’d much recommend the former because it would be so much easier to reference things using a book than checking out the diagrams from a screen.

Have fun, be patient, enjoy the process! This book is available at all good bookstores 🙂



Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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