October 27th, 2023, will be the 101st anniversary of Shuzo Fujimoto’s birth. For this anniversary, I’m presenting to you a picture of Fujimoto not published before (as far as I know). It was taken at his home, in or around 2012, and shows Shuzo Fujimoto (sitting) with editors of his books for Project F, standing from left to right: Taiko Niwa, Satoko Saito, and Tomoko Fuse. Author of the picture is unknown. I got the image from Satoko Saito, who in turn got it from Taiko Niwa. The quality is very poor, and I couldn’t get a higher resolution version, so the version published here is upscaled with AI (some artifacts are visible).
Last year, we celebrated Fujimoto’s 100th birthday, and that was also the year I did most of my research on Fujimoto’s life and work. In 2023, my research had to slow down, but nonetheless I have a few developments to report:
- further work on the Catalog of Fujimoto’s Works
- reverse-engineering some models for which no images are available in Fujimoto’s books, only textual descriptions; I got help from the community with some difficult fragments of Japanese text
- drawing some of those models before I get the time to fold them all
- folding further models and publishing some of them on my web page
- additional research material
- I received from Roberto Morassi a number of models folded by Fujimoto himself
- I got a book and a magazine where Fujimoto’s works were published from Ayumi Hayatsu and Ako Kawasaki
- teaching Fujimoto’s models and talking about his person
- at the German Origami Convention, I gave a talk about Fujimoto and showed models folded by his hand, as well as taught his models
- at Outdoor Origami Meeting, I had a display of my folds of Fujimoto’s designs, taught his models, and published instructions for two of his models in the convention book
- at the Convention of Polish Origami Society, I showed the models folded by Fujimoto himself, talked about his work, and taught his models in what ended up being a several-hour marathon
- I gave origami workshops based on Fujimoto’s designs at my workplace
I wish to thank everyone for the encouragement, additional information, translation help, and research material I have received so far. Even based only on the materials I already have, there is lots of work still waiting to be done.