The grandmaster of origami, Akira Yoshizawa, has had his paper folding skills celebrated as a Google doodle to mark the 101st anniversary of his birth.
Origami butterflies adorned the doodle done by Robert Lang on the Google home page.
Japanese-born Yoshizawais credited with turning origami from a children’s pastime into a serious art form and was known for his innovative folding techniques.
His achievements have been recognised in the Google logo with each letter being turned into a paper folding design to mimic the infamous art form.
Yoshizawa was born in 1911 to dairy farming parents but moved to Tokyo when he was just 13 where he started working in a tool factory.
In his early 20s, he was promoted to a technical draftsman and used origami, a skill he had acquired as a child, as a tool to teach younger employees basic geometry.
Yoshizawa left the factory in the mid-1930s to pursue his passion for art and, for more than two decades, lived in poverty selling preserved fish door-to-door. But in 1951, a Japanese magazine commissioned him to fold the 12 signs of the Japanese zodiac to illustrate its next issue which catapulted him on to the international stage.
According to his own estimation made in 1989, he created more than 50,000 models, of which only a few hundred designs were diagrammed in his 18 books.
Yoshizawa acted as an international cultural ambassador for Japan throughout his career. In 1983, Japanese emperor Hirohito named him to the Order of the Rising Sun, one of highest honors that can be given to a Japanese citizen.
His work has since been exhibited around the world and he has published more than a dozen books on the art form. Yoshizawa died from complications caused by pneumonia at a hospital in his home town of Ogikubo, Tokyo, in March 2005.
Akira Yoshizawa Doodle Origami Youtube Video
Robert J Lang is considered one of the world’s masters of the art of origami. His design techniques are used by origami artists around the world, and he lectures widely on the connections between origami art, science, mathematics and technology.