In the coming weeks, I want to fold and document as many origami rose models that I can find – and that are relevant in origami. The thing is, there are so many origami rose designs, that it is sometimes difficult to find the one you are looking for. So this will be my mission for the next few weeks.
If you look back to last week, I folded the origami rose “Rous”, a relatively modern design with a geometric look.
What’s Special About the Kawasaki Rose?
Let me start at the beginning, all Kawasaki Roses were created by Toshikazu Kawasaki, a Japanese origami master and mathematician. Over 21 years ago he published his first book “Roses, Origami and Math“, presenting two of his origami rose creations (from page 118): an origami rosebud and a more open origami rose.
I guess to honor Toshizaku Kawasaki for creating origami roses with these new techniques, people started naming all of his origami roses Kawasaki Roses.
What do all Kawasaki Roses have in common?
Kawasaki Roses share two traits: they are all based on a fourfold symmetry (in comparison, Naomiki Sato uses a pentagon) and all use a special origami technique called “twist fold”. This term gets properly introduced in the above-mentioned book on page 118 onwards. This revolutionized origami roses and gave them a very realistic look and feel.
In this article, I want to introduce you to a Kawasaki Rose 川崎ローズ that is in full bloom and is sometimes called Fukuyama 福山ローズ – or Peace Rose.
Not only did Mr. Kawasaki add new versions to the Kawasaki Roses, but he also updated his diagrams to make it easier to fold his roses. The best diagram that I have seen published in a recent book that shows how to fold this Full Bloom Kawasaki Rose is called “Origami Master Class Flowers“. You can find the diagram on page 91.
Are there any free online sources where I can learn to fold the Origami Kawasaki Rose in Full Bloom?
Toshikazu Kawasaki gave permission to show how to fold this particular version on the homepage of the Fukuyama Industrial High School. Not only is there a step by step guide, but also an animation on how to perform certain maneuvers to complete this rose. An updated
How do I use these instructions if I don’t read Japanese?
Even if you don’t read Japanese, you can still learn from these instructions, by looking at the diagrams. You only need to know that mountain folds are displayed in green and valley folds are shown in yellow. On every page (top right), you find an arrow in a blue circle pointing to the next page (or top left red to the previous one).
If you compare both the links to the online instructions, you will see that there are differences in the folding steps. I recommend you use the updated version.
If you want to go more in-depth and find all the information from these instructions, use Google Translate.
4 years ago I wrote an article about a different version of the Kawasaki Rose.