Sunday, October 07, 2063


Update 3/9/2014 10:38

Caricature by Lar DeSouza
I'm finally updating the welcome post which is only able to sit at the top of this dated blog because it's post-posted 49 years into the future.  The last update was 7 years ago.

When I first began this blog back in late 2004, It was for the purpose of hosting videos documenting the Westcoast Origami Guild- I believe the longest, most established origami folding group in the greater LA area.

Since that time, Have Paper Will Travel has evolved.  It's more an aggregate blog for all sorts of origami and origami-related items floating around out there that I find interesting; and which I may think readers and followers out there might also find of interest.

There is so much content on the internet these days, it's hard to follow it all.  

My sidebar is one of the largest collections of origami-content links in one place.  FYI, it gets updated periodically with new links as I find them.  I should alert readers whenever I add something new, but haven't been (yet).  If you'd like your site or photo album linked and don't see it in the sidebar (check around very carefully and under the proper category), just let me know.  There are sooooo many photo albums out there (it seems almost every folder on the planet has one), I could spend all day collecting up links and still have more to go.

 I'd like to do what I can to expand the audience and draw more attention to noteworthy sites and folders; to bring more exposure to the art and science of paperfolding; and to bring more people into "the fold".

  There are so many great folders out there on the level of well-known luminaries like Satoshi Kamiya, Brian Chan, and Robert Lang.  I think this especially began to happen after Dr. Lang published "Origami Design Secrets", which I've still not taken the time to sit down and study (let alone fold much from). 

Anyway, thanks to everyone who comes by and takes something of usefulness away from here.  Feel free to drop in a comment for any suggestions.  

I realize that those viewing on mobile devices may have a difficult time reading the lighter colored font.  I still do not like the background layout of what blogger did to this blog and may eventually update the layout again when I have the time and energy to research into it.  In the meantime....


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Joe Hamamoto Visits Yami Yamauchi

Yami was napping when we arrived last Monday after 12pm.  We only stayed for a short time. 

Sunday Funnies

Letters to Dad


A little boy is missing his father, a soldier overseas. Being a kid, he tries to send his dad letters by throwing them over the fence as a fleet of paper airplanes. A kind next-door neighbor finds these paper airplanes and packages them up in a box to send to the father. When the neighbor receives a delivery of replies from overseas, he sends the paper airplanes back over the fence for the son to read. The Paper and Packaging Board helps make even the distance of oceans seem to disappear.

A delightfully simple ad for the most simple of products, the Paper and Packaging Board's, 'Letters to Dad' is a beautiful reminder of the power of paper.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Photo of the Day: Wyoming Medical Center

From 2013:

Wyoming Medical Center employees walk beneath the 1,001 origami cranes hanging in our South Link Lobby. A Japanese legend says anyone folding 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish. Folding the last one brings good luck.

Patients and families at Wyoming Medical Center have a new view as they walk into the South Link Lobby from the parking garage – 1,001 origami cranes. In line with WMC’s vision, mission and values, we hope the cranes bring visitors positive wishes such as recovery from illness and a long life of happiness.


 As you walk through the hospital’s South Link Lobby, look up and enjoy the beautiful view the cranes bring. The Wyoming Medical Center Foundation would like to thank the Nicolaysen Art Museum for lending us this display.

Sunday Funnies


Hat tip:  Mark Kennedy

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Greatest

My apologies to whoever photoshopped this.  I remember it was posted in an album of famous people and origami.  I would love to give credit to whoever credit is owed to, if someone can help point out the way.

President Obama's cranes

President Obama's 4 cranes are now on display at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum:

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on Thursday put on display four paper cranes offered by U.S. President Barack Obama during his historic visit to the atomic-bombed city in May.
According to the museum, each of the Obama-handmade cranes is about 7 cm high and about 10 cm wide, and made of pink and blue paper with Japanese-style floral prints.
Obama visited the museum before attending an official service in the Peace Memorial Park on May 27. He gave one crane each to two local schoolchildren who welcomed him at the museum.
He also left another two when he signed the museum’s guest book with a message: “We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”
Visitors have been taking photos of the paper cranes and message, which are on public display inside a glass case until Aug. 31.
Hat tip to Mark Kennedy, who also notes the number "4" is regarded as unlucky in Japanese superstition, due to the pronunciation of "4" also is the word for "death". 

Someone advising President Obama missed the boat on that one.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Shumakov hot air balloons featured in sci-fi movie short

The director had contacted me through the WCOG fB page.  She was looking for someone to fold hot air balloons and I put her in touch with the Shumakovs.  Check out Windows:

Windows is a near-future science fiction short that deals with the currently emerging technologies of computer-human interface and artificial intelligence. This project is a compelling exploration of the personal impact these technologies may have on our lives.
Windows tells the story of Luz, a woman who lives in a future where humans can choose to give up their individuality to merge into a single entity.
Maru Buendia-Senties is an award-winning writer/director with extensive experience in Visual Effects from working with Robert Rodriguez on films like Predators and Machete, and collaborating with ReelFX on the film Parkland. Windows is her most ambitious project yet and she has assembled a team of seasoned professionals with credits including: Game of Thrones, Boyhood, and The Hobbit, to make Windows a truly spectacular film.
Now we need YOUR HELP to cross the finish line!
One of the perks for contributing $250 would be

One beautiful 9" tall, hand-crafted origami hot air balloon made by the fine folks at Oriland. These works of art were used as props on the "Windows" set and are featured in the film (

President Obama's Origami Skills

Two of the cranes presented by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima’s Naka Ward (Yuta Takahashi)

The other day, I posted on President Obama's Hiroshima visit.  There's been some speculation as to whether or not he folded his four cranes himself.  So this is a follow-up post:

HIROSHIMA--On his historic visit to ground zero, U.S. President Barack Obama surprised and touched officials at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on May 27 with origami paper cranes he apparently made himself.

The museum is preparing to display Obama's four origami cranes, hoping to embolden efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The president said he folded them with help from others as his envoy showed off the origami cranes, made of traditional Japanese paper graced with flower motifs, including apricots or cherries, placed on a tray.
As the acrylic casing that houses some of Sadako’s cranes was removed for the president, Obama studied them up close and said he brought his own.

He gave two of his four cranes to two students who were allowed inside the museum to welcome him, the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima.

Obama left the other two on the guest book he signed with the message: “We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”

The president later moved to a location in the park where he could view the A-Bomb Dome after laying a wreath of flowers to the monument for the victims and delivering a message. Kishida also referred to the monument modeled on Sadako.

All of Obama’s four cranes were subsequently donated to the museum.

“The president may have prepared the cranes after learning of Sadako’s story in the United States," said Kenji Shiga, the museum director. "We are going to exhibit his cranes as soon as we are ready.”

Two of the four origami cranes made by President Obama

De-Dimensional Furniture

Korean designer Jongha Choi has come with one of the best space-saving solutions ever, creating a furniture collection that easily flattens, turning a usual chair into 2D piece of art. Chairs and stools are made of aluminum and steel and perfectly practical despite their lightweight look.
Hat tip:  Catherine Ortiz

Yami visit yesterday

I drove out to Torrance after work on Saturday.

Yami told me Mike and Yukie Parthos were there and took his phone to the store, as they figured out it was broken.  They bought Yami a new phone to replace his old one.

 The embed code for the video in the other post keeps disappearing.  I restored it.  Let me know if it disappears again.

Chila and Hank visited him last week as well; and Chila left him a couple of Yara Yagi's slinky dogs.  Pam Miike also visited him on Friday and folded some while there.

My worry right now is that he doesn't get enough stimulation and lies in bed bored for long hours with nothing to do.  He says he is taken for exercise in the mornings for 30 minutes.  But that is not enough!  He can't lay in bed for the other 23 1/2 hours!

Hoping he receives some mail from fans and friends, soon.  I tried to show him some of the messages from Facebook by bringing my laptop.  But the center doesn't offer wi-fi service and so I read off of my phone.

Anyone who wishes to, can write him here:

Harbor Care Center
21521 South Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA 90502

He will be there for a good while.

Sunday Funnies


Friday, May 27, 2016

President Obama folds cranes during his Hiroshima visit

I'm impressed:  President Obama can fold paper cranes.

President Obama made a symbolic gesture at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Friday, leaving two origami cranes behind at a memorial to a 12-year-old victim of the Hiroshima bomb who became famous for folding cranes as she died.


The White House said Obama visited Sadako's memorial and presented paper cranes to two local school children. Then, after signing the guest book, he left two more paper cranes alongside his inscription.