Shibaraku – a simple Japanese phrase which literally means “wait for a moment”. But it’s a daily use phrase in Japan when you just want everyone to sudden stop and have all attention focus on you or something. It has a similar effect like the English language “just hold on for a moment” or “waitha’ minute”.
But this phrase has crept its way to the famous Japanese theater show (or Kabuki, something like Shakespeare’s play write) and now is a must see for every Kabuki performance. It didn’t originate from any of the Kabuki main program, but from the interlude between the main show. These interlude is mainly on stories of a samurai named Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa. This theatrics character is often dressed in elaborate samurai outfit, strong highlight makeup with red-and-white stripes, and move on stage with high energy. And When he make his entrance to the stage, he will release out a loud cry “… Shibaraku!!”. (full details of Shibaraku can be found in these 2 links. Link1 , Link2)
Takashi has designed an origami model just to capture the exact spirit of this character. He first release the CP of the full Shibaraku model in Origami Tanteidan Magaxine (issue #59 in 2000).
After a good 10 years, Takashi finally release the full folding instruction of the head of this famous samurai in Origami Tanteidan Magazine (issue #119 in 2010).
Folding the head design is pretty straight forward. Not much tips I can provide here but do drop me a note if you still find it difficult to get through some of the steps.
Here is my presentation of the iconic model of Takashi….