Noshi 3 Instructions

Noshi 1, noshi 2, and noshi 3 are described in Isao Honda's book as "orthodox noshi" (Noshi: Classic Japanese Origami). It is not clear what exactly he means by this; however, it may simply be that the three designs are the accepted patterns of noshi used as of the date of publication (1964). Other designs of noshi seen today may be derivatives of these original 3 designs.

The method of folding described below was determined by reverse engineering; it is not knowledge derived from an individual who is familiar with the ancient art of noshi folding. Thus, the methodology will produce the "look" but it may not represent the "way" it should be folded.

In step 8, the pleats are separated into the left and right sides of the noshi. One side of the pleats is complete but the other side (right side) needs to have the folds reversed so mountain folds become valley folds and vice versa.

As shown on the last image, the folds are kept in place with a strip of paper (often gold or silver in color). Noshi can also be bound with mizuhiki. Mizuhiki is a bundle of stiff string knotted in a decorative manner (it is an art form in itself and the method of knotting has symbolic meaning). The completed noshi typically has a strip of textured paper inserted into the wrapper. This strip of paper (often yellow in color) represents stretched & dried abalone (shellfish). The significance of abalone is unknown and in modern times, the inner strip of textured paper is sometimes omitted.

Read more about noshi from Isao Honda's Noshi: Classic Japanese Origami or Eric Kenneway's Complete Origami:: An A-Z of facts and folds, with step-by-step instructions for over 100 projects.