World Origami Days 2016

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About WOD (World Origami Days)

In September 2005, OrigamiUSA suggested to make October 24th as the World Origami Day, since that date is the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), one of the founders of the British Origami Society and OrigamiUSA. Makoto Yamaguchi then pointed out that in Japan November 11th had already been established as the Origami Day. So, the period from 10/24 to 11/11 has become the period of World Origami Days or WOD.

Since then, OrigamiUSA has been engaged to spread the joy of origami in the whole world by promoting origami events and activities. In 2011, OrigamiUSA partnered with JOAS in order to promote WOD.


Objective: World-wide celebration of origami by spreading the joy of paperfolding.


Fold any models, download the backdrop sheet at, take photos of the models on the sheets, and upload them on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and so forth. Anyone and any group can participate. Let's form a circle of origami on the Web.
List of origami events
There will be many origami events around the world during the period of WOD. We will aggregate the information and publish it in Japanese.
You can submit any information by the last day of WOD. The list will be updated accordingly.
Web exhibition on Rooster
Submit your photos of origami Rooster during the period of WOD (from October 24 through November 11, 2016), and they will be exhibited on our virtual exhibition.
  • This year's theme is Rooster, which is the Zodiac of the next year.
  • We accept jpeg pictures only.
  • Only the designer of model(s) can submit.
  • You can also submit actual models for actual exhibition that will take place at Gallery Origami House. See details for submission.
  • Web Exhibition (You can submit photos on and after October 24)
    Web exhibition on Rooster
  • Actual exhibition Rooster at Gallery Origami House
"My Best" and "My Favorite" exhibition
The board members of OrigamiUSA and JOAS select "My Best" and "My Favorite" models and exhibit them.
  • Web Exhibition
    2016 My Best/My Favorite exhibition
  • Actual exhibition 2016 My Best/My Favorite at Gallery Origami

OrigamiUSA WOD Website

Submission for the Rooster exhibition

Gallery Origami House will host an actual exhibition of origami rooster, which is the Zodiac of the next year. The exhibition is a counterpart of the Web exhibition on Rooster.

You can send the model that is designed by you to Gallery Origami House. You will receive a mobile phone charm featuring the WOD logo if your piece is exhivited. Designers of the best models will receive a special gift.

  • The model must arrive at Gallery Origami House before October 24, 2016.
  • The exhibition will be open on October 24. The close date will be announced.


Send your model(s) to the following address along with the title and description of the piece and the name and e-mail address of the designer. The model must be able to stand on its own.

  • Gallery Origami House
    1-33-8 Hakusan #216
    Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
    113-0001 Japan