I was doing some research into Friedrich Froebel and his kindergarten system, and I couldn't help but notice that Akira Yoshizawa, Toshie Takahama, and Kosho Uchiyama were the right age to have gone through kindergarten when the Froebelian method was being taught in Japan. Does anybody have evidence that they might have actually done so?
In her book "Origami for Displays" (1974), Toshie Takahama uses several models that have a distinctively Froebelian use of windmill bases; some of the models are nearly identical to those seen in kindergarten handbooks. I don't have access to her earlier books, but it seems she was familiar with the Kindergarten repertoire.
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