Lots of people ask me how I got the idea for the book and my answer goes like this:
“I was messing around on the Internet and saw a picture of an incredible origami Yoda. But I knew it was too hard for me to fold, so I tried to make my own simple version. When I was done I realized it was a finger puppet and then … blah blah blah.”
Well, I think I have found the actual post where I first saw that origami Yoda.
It’s a Boing Boing post, written by Cory Doctorow himself. And it had a drawing of the Yoda, not a photo. It is, of course, the sensational Fukiami Kawahata model!
(I think this image is from the PDF of the Kawahata instructions, which is here.)
One odd thing though, this post is from 2005 and I would have thought the whole thing happened in 2006. Not sure what that means…
It’s funny that 5 years after Boing Boing posted this, people are still blogging/tweeting/facebooking various photos of the Kawahata model around. I get frustrated though, that most of the time Kawahata’s name is not attached. He deserves credit for his perfect little Yoda.