Google celebrates 101st Birthday of Akira Yoshizawa the grandmaster of Origami. For years, children across the world utilized the paper folding technique to make objects like boats, ships, aeroplanes till Yoshizawa developed the craft into a form of art. He turned a child’s past time into a three-dimensional magic, diagram by diagram and model by model. Yoshizawa died in Tokyo in March 2005.
Yoshizawa was born on March 14, 1911 in Kaminokawa, Japan, into a family of dairy farmers. He peregrinate to Tokyo when he was just 13 years old to take a job in a factory. During his days at the factory, he taught employees basic geometry where he used Origami as a teaching tool.
Yoshizawa acquired his immensely colossal break in 1951, when a Japanese magazine asked him to create models of the 12 signs of the Japanese zodiac. The exposure catapulted him to international fame. His work has since been exhibited across the world and several books have been published on the art form.
The doodle on Google’s home page is adorned with ready-to-flutter butterflies popularised by Yoshizawa. Each letter of the Google’s logo too has been given the appearance of a paper folding design just like in the Origami art form.