Origami Fantasy by Fumiaki Kawahata

Origami Fantasy, by Fumiaki Kawahata, is filled with extremely complex models, mostly of dinosaurs. I folded most of these from twelve- or fifteen-inch squares, except for the stegosaurus, which was folded from a square with 24 inches to a side. It took me well over an hour to fold most of these, and more than four hours to complete the stegosaurus! If you are interested in getting this book, it may be available at eBay, Sasuga Books in Boston, Massachusetts or Kinokuniya Book Store in New York, New York. It is also available in Japan.

   All images are ¬©Eric Andersen



The styracosaurus was a Late Cretaceous ceratopsian plant-eating dinosaur. It was the size of the modern rhinoceros, and roamed in great herds across ancient North America. The six great spikes surrounding its frill could have been used for display, contest, or defense; the large nose horn would have been used for defence, especially against the large tyrannosaurs of the time. During its charge, a Styracosaurus might have galloped at speeds matching those of a horse. The question is, are there really any Styracosaur bonebeds?


The herbivorous protoceratops (meaning early horned face) lived between 75 and 85 million years ago. Sometimes known as the 'sheep' of the Cretaceous, it is related to the giant Triceratops, but lacks the horns. Here is a photo of a protoceratops skeleton and a growth series of protoceratops skulls.


The apatosaurus (meaning deceptive lizard) was an amphibious, herbivorous dinosaur from the Jurassic period of North America. It was seventy feet long and weighed thirty tons, and probably spent most of its time in lakes and rivers where the water would have helped it to support its weight. First collected in the late 1890s, the apatosaurus was the first sauropod dinosaur ever mounted. Here is a page about the apatosaurus at the American Museum of Natural History, and here are two otherpages about this dinosaur.


One of the more unusual duckbilled dinosaurs, the parasaurolophus had a distinctive tube-like crest projecting behind its head. Nasal passages which ran through the crest may have been used to make sounds. Here is a page about the parasaurolophus at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


The tuojiangosaurus (Tuojiangosaurus multispinus) was named for the Tuo Jiang River, a tributary of the Chang Jiang [Yangzte] River, in the Sichuan Basin of China, where it was first discovered. Here is a web page about the tuojiangosaurus in Portuguese!


The meat-eating tyrannosaurus weighed about 7 tons and was about 45 feet tall. This is everyone's favorite dinosaur...especially after Jurassic Park came out...


The stegosaurus was another plant-eater that grew as long as 25 or 30 feet!


The pegasus isn't a's not even real! But that's OK, this is origami! The pegasus is a mythological winged horse. According to Greek mythology, Pegasus was created from the blood of Medusa, it opened the spring of Hippocrene with a stroke of its hoof, and it carried Bellerophon in his attack on the Chimera. 2012