Anne's Web Stuff > Anne's Personal Page > Origami > Origami Books > Book Details: The Mask (Tomoko Fuse Model Collection)

The Mask (Tomoko Fuse Model Collection)

Can't display Japanese? Try this!

Fuse, Tomoko
The Mask (Tomoko Fuse Model Collection)
Publisher: Gallery Origami House
1997, 200 pages, softcover
Japanese. ISBN: none
布施, 知子
面 (布施知子折り紙作品集)
Men (Fuse Tomoko Origami Sakuhin Shuu)
Buy it at:

Includes 16 pages of color photos of the models at the beginning, with black and white diagrams with grey shading and black and white photos of each model.

These elegant masks, taken from Japanese mythology and traditional theater, will amaze readers who are only familiar with Fuse's unit origami boxes (which are, of course, also beautiful, but a completely different category of origami altogether.) Clear diagrams and wonderfully expressive models make this a worthwhile addition to any serious folder's collection.

This book is also described, in English and Japanese, at the Gallery Origami House website. From the page:

Follow the link to "English" and then "Original Books" and from there to "The Mask." There are photos for all the models.

A note on the translations: as most of these masks are characters from Japanese mythology and traditional theater, their names are a bit beyond my translation skills. I'm working on finding out more information about the characters, and will update this when I can. In the meantime, I've put quick descriptions of the faces in. Do go to the Origami House site to see the photos of the models, too!

Model Steps Notes
Chapter 1: Gigaku Masks Gigaku is an early Japanese theatrical form, 7th-8th centuries.
"Drunken King"
75 This mask is of a (always drunken) foreign king with a headdress/crown
79 bald, sour-faced character; a drunken attendant of the King
45 Stern face with topknot
(lit., "road keeper")
65 bald man with long nose; leads the other performers onto the stage in a performance
Chapter 2: Bugaku Masks Bugaku was another performance art popular after Gigaku, through the 12th century.
Batou 60 wild-haired character mask, used to represent anger in vigorous dances
Sanju 76 demonic face
Chikyuu 65 old man/woman with a kerchief on their head (?)
Kotokuraku 61 long nosed squinty-eyed face; used in a dance with drunken characters
Chapter 3: Gyoudou Masks  
Koshikaki 62 crowned face
Batou 82 (this is a different "batou" than the first one) face with a headdress with a horse head on it
Kendatsuba 74 Face with an animal-head hood
Bishamon 78 Big square-jawed face with some sort of headdress
Chapter 4: Kyougen Masks Kyougen is a comic theatrical form which evolved along with Noh drama.
Ebisu 71 One of the seven lucky gods; small beard and a flat hat
Daikoku 54 Another of the lucky gods; conical, flopped over hat, happy face
Kentoku 48 lopsided, odd face
Buaku 62 some kind of demon (?)
Chapter 5: Noh Masks Noh is yet another ancient Japanese theatrical art form with a rich selection of masked characters.
Oobeshimi   fat face, huge round eyes and a firmly clamped mouth; represents humor and bluster
Okina 84 Old man with beard
Shikami 66 angry face with furrowed brows, representing masculine rage
Yaseotoko 68  
Hannya   horned figure representing a woman turned into a demon through jealousy
Namanari 77 blunt-horned figure
Woman's Face 42  
Hannya Fuu no Kashira 71 long-horned demon/dragon-like mask
Chapter 6: Shuu saku bako Masks (I'm currently unclear on the meaning of this chapter title. I think it might mean "works in progress," more or less, but don't quote me.)
Taikoji 58 round faced mask
Haremen 52  
Usobuki 46  

This page is:
Last modified: Friday, 21-Nov-2003 17:57:43 EST
All book data, images and content copyrighted by the book's author;
This web page copyright 2003 Anne R. LaVin
Please report any problems, errors or omissions here