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J-Talk: Diggin’ Culture #06 Origami in Japan, Science of Origami

J-Talk: Diggin’ Culture #06

Origami in Japan, Science of Origami


By Dr. Jun Mitani

Professor of University of Tsukuba



Date & Time:

19:00 – 20:30, Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Registration starts at 18:30


Room E, The Japan Foundation, Bangkok

10F Sermmit Tower, 159 Asoke Montri Road,



Free Admission – Limited to 50 seats


Japanese with Thai translation


Advance reservation is recommended through http://bit.ly/2NBTorK
Or email your name and organization to booking_acd@jfbkk.or.th


The Japan Foundation, Bangkok proudly presents a special talk about engineered crease patterns of Origami under our sixth round of J-Talk: Diggin’ Culture. Not merely covering academic contents, J-talk series provide various interesting stories about society, culture and people of Japan that you may or may not think about and you can enjoy this event without any background information.


This time we invite Dr. Jun Mitani, a Professor from Tsukuba University, who has been appointed as Japan Cultural Envoy 2019 by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. His specialization is in the area of Computational Origami, to introduce to us the art and science of Origami from both cultural and scientific points of view. He will give us a lecture and workshop from traditional to modern curved origami through various patterns which participants could also learn about his origami’s computerized design techniques and enjoy folding paper together. The lecture and workshop will be held on Tuesday 3rd December 2019, during 19:00 – 20:30 at Room E, the Japan Foundation, Bangkok. A part of Dr. Jun Mitani’s origami works will also be on display at the Japan Foundation Library on that day.


Japan Cultural Envoy program aims to deepen the international community’s understanding of Japanese culture and to build and strengthen networks between Japanese and foreign artists and experts. Since 2003, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has been appointing people committed to cultural activities such as artists, cultural specialists and so on, as “Japan Cultural Envoys”. By 2018, a total of 137 individuals and 26 organizations specializing in various fields such as traditional music, performing arts, culture and lifestyle, and pop culture have been sent abroad to more than 86 countries.


Jun Mitani


Professor of University of Tsukuba
Academic background: Graduated from PhD in Engineering, The University of Tokyo


Dr. Mitani completed a doctoral program in engineering at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering in 2004. He joined RIKEN as a researcher in 2005 and became a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, University of Tsukuba, in 2006, where he has been serving as a professor from 2015 until now. From 2006 to 2009, he was a PRESTO researcher at the Japan Science and Technology Agency studying origami paper folding, including its design technique using computers.


He has loved making paper crafts and using computers since his childhood, which has led to his present study subject. He also serves as a counselor of the Japan Origami Academic Society. He has authored “3D Origami Art” and “Curved Origami Design” published by CRC Press.


[Awards received]

2007 Japan Society for Graphic Science Award and its Thesis Award
Excellent Thesis Award of at CGAC 2007 International CG Thesis Awards
2008 Digital Contents Symposium Funai Award
2009 The 4th Japan Society for Graphic Science Thesis Award
2011 MSR Japan New Faculty Award
2012 University of Tsukuba 2012 Best Faculty Member Award


[Recent major activities]

2014 Invited to workshop at Israel Origami Center International Convention
Served as organizing committee vice chair at the 6th International Meeting on Origami in Science,Mathematics and Education (6OSME)
Invited to Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) as lecturer
2015 Presented his study at Fuji Television Network program Mezamashi TV
2016 His origami works appeared in the movie Death Note: Light Up the New World
His origami patterns appeared in the movie Shin Godzilla
Took office as senior science and technology policy fellow at Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office (part time)
Published “3D Origami Art,” English version of “Rittai Origami Art,” from CRC Press
2017 Served as jury committee chair for Asian Digital Modeling Contest 2017
Demonstrated origami at World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai


[Website]  http://mitani.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/ja/


[For seat reservation] please register at http://bit.ly/2NBTorK
or email your name and organization to booking_acd@jfbkk.or.th


For more information, please contact

Shoko Sato

sato@jfbkk.or.th (English and Japanese)


Suphawat Laohachaiboon

suphawat@jfbkk.or.th (Thai and English)


Natchayaporn Saengkham

natchayaporn@jfbkk.or.th (Thai and English)


Co-organized with

Japan Cultural Envoy from Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.


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Bangkok  (Tel: 02-260-8560~4)

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