Japan Cultural Envoy FY2019
Professor of University of Tsukuba
  • Worked in China, Philippine, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam
  • Active Period:From October 27 to December 22, 2019
  • Birthplace:Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Birth:June 28, 1975

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 councilor 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