Mecho from Kayaragusa
This information is derived from “Wrapping Origami” by Yoshihide Momotani (1993). Momotani describes for 3 pairs of paper butterflies:
• Classical Mecho & Ocho (from Kayaragusa)
• Formal Mecho & Ocho (Traditional), and
• Regular Mecho & Ocho (Traditional)
Instructions to Fold Mecho from Kayaragusa
In step 4, fold only the top layers. Allow the back flaps to swivel towards the front.
If you do a google search for “sake bottle decoration” you will find many examples of Mecho, Ocho and other celebratory folds. Such a search did not result in an image of classical Mecho and classical Ocho as described above. It would seem as if this version of Mecho/Ocho is no longer practiced.
The only image remotely similar is this one showing bamboo water dispensers which are used for the “water alignment” ritual performed on the morning of the wedding day.
Careful examination of the striations on the paper decorations show that they are simply folded in a manner similar to that done for classical Mecho/Ocho. Compared to the instructions above, the only difference is that at step 3, the flaps are folded out without turning the model over. Could this be the only remnants left of Ocho and Mecho from Kayaragusa?
Books about Origami Butterflies
- Butterfly Origami by Roman Diaz
- Butterflies in Origami by Nick Robinson
- Easy Butterfly Origami by Tammy Yee
- Origami Butterflies Mini Kit: Kit with Origami Book, and Instructional DVD by LaFosse and Alexander
- See books with: butterflies