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easy lesson of origami/how to make yakkosan(servant)


Hello! I’m a writer of KARAKURIJAPAN, Mr. Karakuri. Today’s article is about origami.

Traditional Japanese culture spreads to the world. Now origami is a trend!


This article is about one of traditional Japanese cultures, origami! Origami has been enjoyed by every generation in Japan since long time ago, and now is also enjoyed by everyone all over the world because of its artistry. It is a culture, an art and a play proudly from Japan. It is really technical..

Some people make even a dragon from a piece of paper. This article introduces yakkosan, which is so easy that everyone can make. Please watch the video at first.


What does yakkosan mean?


By the way, what is yakkosan? It sometimes can be heard in Japan, and do you know what yakkosan is? I had an unsure image for it, and I searched it.

Yakko means servants for samurai in edo period. They had low social status among people working for samurai, and even though their original status name was chugen or orisuke, people called them yakko to despise them. It’s seemed to be made from ya(house) and ko(person).


I see. That’s why origami yakkosan looks like a samurai. It’s likely to wear hakama(Japanese skirt). So it means people who lived in edo period. It’s a very Japanese culture. How they look like is below.

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Obviously origami yakkosan looks like them. Then the first person who made it by origami is really wonderful. How did he/she think of it…?


Yakkosan is a standard origami work.


Yakkosan is one of the standard works of origami, like a crane. You can’t be even an amateur without yakkosan! So let’s master how to make it by this video!

I say this at first. It’s extremely easy.


how to make yakkosan by origami


Let’s learn how to make it. You can understand easily by the video. I’ll explain it with images below.

1. Make diagonal creases.


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▲At first, make creases to prepare. Important point of origami is using creases to make it easier to fold. Be careful because unless you do it properly, you might fail.

2. Fold four corners to put them together with the center.


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▲Find the center point by creases you made, and fold four corners towards it. Then there are few steps left.

3. Turn it over and fold four corners towards the center again.


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▲Turn it over from the step 2, and fold four corners to put them together with the center point again. Totally same as the last step. Then you’ll get smaller square. After that, turn it over and do same again.

4. Raise and squash it.


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▲Turn it over and raise a corner to open and squash it. Watch the video and you’ll understand easily. Do it for three corners of four.

Then a yakkosan is completed. Please try it watching the video! You’ll find it really easy.

>>watch other origami lessons

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