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章 (吉澤) 吉沢 (1911 - 2005)

"Akira, Zhang" 吉沢 formerly 吉澤 aka Yoshizawa, Yosizawa, Jize
Born in 日本栃木県河内郡上三川map
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in 日本東京都map
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Akira Yoshizawa was born to a farming family in Kaminokawa, Tochigi Prefecture on 14 March 1911. As a child, he taught himself origami, the traditional art of paper folding. Although he gained a factory job in Tokyo, upon being promoted to a draftsman, he taught geometry to other employees using origami. In 1937, he left his factory job to focus on his career in origami.

During World War II, Akira served in Hong Kong, making origami models to console some sick patients. After falling ill himself, he was sent back to Japan, where he continued to pursue his creativity. It was his first major work that helped establish the Yoshizawa-Randlett system of notation for origami folds. That work also helped him out of his twenty-year poverty.

Akira exhibited his origami models, lending them to exhibitors around the world. He never sold the models he created, but he gave them away as gifts. His wife Kiyo also managed the models he folded himself. He passed away in the Itabashi ward of Tokyo on 14 March 2005.


1911年3月14日、栃木県上本川市の農家に生まれた吉澤晃は、子供の頃、伝統的な紙折りを学びました。東京で工場就業をしていたにもかかわらず、起案者に昇進したときに折り紙を使って他の従業員にジオメトリを教えました。 1937年、彼は折り紙の仕事に専念するために工場で仕事を辞めました。



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