The origami master who took 50 hours to fold a Samurai warrior

The person who folded this incredible Samurai did a folding process video. Watching it will absorb you.

This man folding the paper is like a Samurai warrior. His pre-creased sheet like a map, planning his attack. The insane folds looking initially like a disjointed pile of paper is the moving forward to battle in a crazy zig-zag line through the grasses. The fine-tuning little details like a samurai warrior picking his teeth after a well-won battle. The final result? Does not look like paper. This multi-points-of-articulation action figure is ready to battle the turtles.

I crafted that paragraph while watching the 5-minute video. His final creation is superbly amazing, and he did a fantastic job with the video. Not too long to be boring. Just the right amount of clips to keep your attention. Showing all the fine details of the folds, the details of using a hairdryer and little wooden pins.

I fold VERY VERY simple origami. Like, stuff that takes literally 30 seconds to fold. I haven’t delved into any sort of depth with origami. When I see something like this, it just completely blows my mind.

And this dude is only 23 years old? Wow. Hats off to Juho Könkkölä!

Dude. And that name. Juho Könkkölä. His website says he’s Finnish—which makes sense. Those Scandinavian countries sure do like their vowels and umlauts. I’m of Estonian heritage which pretty much considers themselves Scandinavian too. Therefore, Juho, HIGH-FIVE BROTHER.

When I first saw his name on Youtube, I totally thought it was a made up name. Here is this sensei origami master making mind-blowing stuff. He certainly has a made-up artist name. Right?

I have a Japanese name that sometimes I bust out. Seriously. I’m not making this up after watching this guy’s video. Although, his video is so inspiring I WOULD make a new Japanese name to be a little bit like this guy. My Japanese name is Shinkū Gijutsu. It means art vacuum. And not the type of vacuum that you clean floors with. Instead, it’s the vacuum meaning a void. And the “art” is not fine art per se, but meaning “the technique of”. So it means “The Technique of the Void” Oh yes.

Shinkū Gijutsu — Technique of the Void

Now that I know this dude is Finnish, I’m like 99.9% sure that it’s his real name. But part of me likes to imagine he made this name up to be super-duper cool. It would be interesting to hear the meaning behind it. Maybe it means “Planes of Infinity”.

His Instagram bio says, “Finnish origami artist who brings ideas into reality by folding paper. Join to see how the story of these creations unfolds.” Perhaps his name means “Unfolding creation”

Let’s see what Google Translate says “Unfolding Creation” is in both Finnish and Japanese.

  • English: Unfolding Creation
  • Finnish: Laajentuva Luominen
  • Japanese: Tenkai Suru Sōzō (展開する創造)

Both Laajentuva Luominen and Tenkai Suru Sōzō would be AWESOME origami artist names. But Juho Könkkölä sure is hard to beat too. In Swedish “ö” is a one-letter word for island. This dude is like TWO FREAKIN ISLANDS. The letter “ä” sometimes gets translated into “ae”, which in Scottish means “one.” Könkkölä has got two islands and the word “one”, all in the same name.

By the way, “Art of the Void” in Finnish is Tyhjyyden Taide. THAT IS GROWLING AWESOME!

Ok, so the length of time to make this origami samurai. 50 hours. How many DAYS is that 50 hours spread across? Let’s take a look at the shirts Juho Könkkölä wears in this video:

  1. Red Vans shirt
  2. Sunset shirt
  3. Hoodie with white drawstrings
  4. Red shirt (the vans?)
  5. Hoodie with white drawstrings
  6. Dark blue tshirt
  7. Red Vans shirt

Thus, by shirt changes, that indicates seven days shown in the video. There’s gotta be plenty of days where he simply didn’t record. Or maybe he gets so focused on his work that he simply doesn’t change his shirt?

Wait a minute. He says on Reddit it took him THREE months to design and fold this.

Whoa. Yeah. So I’m hoping there are LOTS of days he didn’t record a video, because seven shirt changes over three months would mean wearing the same shirt for 12.8 days at a time. Of course, that’s not the case. This dude looks rather dapper in his profile pics. He’s like a master dude of all dudes. But I would also respect the focus on his work where the clothes do not matter. It’s almost Biblical. Like John the Baptist in the wilderness wearing a garment woven of camels hair, attached to the body by a leathern girdle. Eating only locusts and wild honey.

Ladies and gentleman, this Juho Könkkölä is an origami master-warrior.

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