J-Talk: Diggin’ Culture #06 Origami in Japan, Science of Origami

J-Talk: Diggin’ Culture #06

Origami in Japan, Science of Origami



Professor of University of Tsukuba and

Japan Cultural Envoy 2019



[Date & Time]Tuesday 3rd December 2019
19:00 – 20:30
Room E, The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
[Participants]47 people
[Media coverage] N:2 AC Dept1 Arts and Cultural ProjectsFY2019201912 Bunka Koryushi Origami14 Report
[Date & Time]Wednesday 4th December 2019
13:30 -15:30
[Venue]Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University
[Participants]73 people
[Media coverage] N:2 AC Dept1 Arts and Cultural ProjectsFY2019201912 Bunka Koryushi Origami14 Report


Udon Thani
[Date & Time]Friday 6th December 2019
10:00 – 12:00
[Venue]Udonpittayanukoon School
[Participants]101 people
[Media coverage]  None
[Date & Time]18:30 -20:30
[Venue]Noir Row Art Space
[Participants]15 people
[Media coverage] N:2 AC Dept1 Arts and Cultural ProjectsFY2019201912 Bunka Koryushi Origami14 Report


The Japan Foundation, Bangkok proudly presented a special lecture and workshop about engineered crease patterns of Origami. This time we invited Dr. MITANI Jun, a Professor from Tsukuba University, who has been appointed as Japan Cultural Envoy 2019 by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. His specialization is in the area of Computational Origami and he introduced us the arts and science of Origami from both cultural and scientific points of view. His lecture and workshop focused on the history of traditional to modern curved origami through various patterns as well as its multifaceted application in arts and science. Participants could also learn about his origami’s computerized design techniques and enjoy folding Origami together. A series of lecture and workshop was held at four venues in two provinces:


In Bangkok
  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019,
    during 19:00 – 20:30 at Room E,
    the Japan Foundation, Bangkok
  • Wednesday 4th December 2019,
    during 13:30 -15:30
    at the Faculty of Decorative Arts,
    Silapakorn University
In Udon Thani
  • Friday 6th December 2019,
    during 10:00 -12:00
    at Udonpittayanukoon School
    and 18:30 – 20:30
    at Noir Row Art Space


Japan Cultural Envoy program aims to deepen the international community’s understanding of Japanese culture and to build and strengthen networks between Japanese and foreign artists and experts. Since 2003, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has been appointing people committed to cultural activities such as artists, cultural specialists and so on, as “Japan Cultural Envoys”. By 2018, a total of 137 individuals and 26 organizations specializing in various fields such as traditional music, performing arts, culture and lifestyle, and pop culture have been sent abroad to more than 86 countries.



Professor of University of Tsukuba
Academic background: Graduated from PhD in Engineering, The University of Tokyo


Dr. Mitani completed a doctoral program in engineering at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering in 2004. He joined RIKEN as a researcher in 2005 and became a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, University of Tsukuba, in 2006, where he has been serving as a professor from 2015 until now. From 2006 to 2009, he was a PRESTO researcher at the Japan Science and Technology Agency studying origami paper folding, including its design technique using computers.


He has loved making paper crafts and using computers since his childhood, which has led to his present study subject. He also serves as a counselor of the Japan Origami Academic Society. He has authored “3D Origami Art” and “Curved Origami Design” published by CRC Press.


[Awards received]

2007Japan Society for Graphic Science Award and its Thesis Award
Excellent Thesis Award of at CGAC 2007 International CG Thesis Awards
2008Digital Contents Symposium Funai Award
2009The 4th Japan Society for Graphic Science Thesis Award
2011MSR Japan New Faculty Award
2012University of Tsukuba 2012 Best Faculty Member Award


[Recent major activities]

2014Invited to workshop at Israel Origami Center International Convention
Served as organizing committee vice chair at the 6th International Meeting on Origami in Science,Mathematics and Education (6OSME)
Invited to Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) as lecturer
2015Presented his study at Fuji Television Network program Mezamashi TV
2016His origami works appeared in the movie Death Note: Light Up the New World
His origami patterns appeared in the movie Shin Godzilla
Took office as senior science and technology policy fellow at Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office (part time)
Published “3D Origami Art,” English version of “Rittai Origami Art,” from CRC Press
2017Served as jury committee chair for Asian Digital Modeling Contest 2017
Demonstrated origami at World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai


[Website]  https://mitani.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/ja/


Co-organized by


The Japan Foundation, Bangkok

10th Fl. Serm-Mit Tower,

159 Asoke Montri Road,

Bangkok  (Tel: 02-260-8560~4)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jfbangkok/

Website: https://ba.jpf.go.jp/

Photos of

‘Origami in Japan, Science of Origami’


The Japan Foundation, Bangkok

3 December 2019















Faculty of Decorative Arts,
Silpakorn University
4 December 2019












Udonpittayanukoon School
6 December 2019












Noir Row Art Space