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Book Of Kimono Paperback – Jan 1 1987


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International; New edition edition (Jan. 1 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870117858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870117855
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.5 x 18 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #637,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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N Yamanaka is a Kodansha International author.

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Tracing the origins of Japanese dress is largely a matter of conjecture, since the earliest fragments of Japanese textiles that have been preserved date from the Asuka period (552-646). Read the first page
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This book is one of the most beautlfuly written on the subject of the Japanese national dress, the kimono. Of all of the books I have read on the kimono, I found this one to be the most consice and entertaining . Nario Yamanaka, a leading athourity on kimonos and who has also established the Sodo Kimono Academy in Japan , truly knows the kimono and exibits its true beauty in a most lovely manner. Included in the book is a brief history of the orgin of the kimono, the process of making the garment, different types of kimonos for different seasons, the tying of the obi sash, beautiful color photos and kimono etiquette. There is a also a detailed step - by - step section on how to wear the kimono. If one is a true aficinado of the kimono, This book should be included in your library.I highly recommend it !!
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WOW! I was so happy to have found a book which explains a lot of the vocabulary and concepts involved in describing the Japanese cultural icon - kimono. A very good book about how to wear these garments, how and where they are made, and a little bit of history. Addresses mostly women, but also men and children. If you want to know about kimono - start here. If you want to know about Japanese culture, again, start here - the clothes reflect the culture. Enjoy the book, I do.
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In this book you'll discover the history of kimono, and complete and detailed explanations of actual and colorful kimonos presented with good quality pictures. You'll also been presented to all accessoires which are needed to wear decently a kimono. In the end you will get some hints about behaviour you should have while wearing a kimono. I can recommend this book without restrictions to anyone willing to have "de la classe !" wearing a superb silk kimono.
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By A Customer on March 27 1999
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The author really takes kimono seriously, and it shows. He founded an international group whose goal is to popularize everyday wearing of kimono. Detailed step by step instructions on how to wear the undergarmet, kimono, and obi or pleated skirt. Also, he includes pages and pages of beautiful full-color photographs. My only complaint is that he did not include more photos of formal kimono.
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99 of 99 people found the following review helpful
This book is one of the most beautifuly written on kimonos ! June 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the most beautlfuly written on the subject of the Japanese national dress, the kimono. Of all of the books I have read on the kimono, I found this one to be the most consice and entertaining . Nario Yamanaka, a leading athourity on kimonos and who has also established the Sodo Kimono Academy in Japan , truly knows the kimono and exibits its true beauty in a most lovely manner. Included in the book is a brief history of the orgin of the kimono, the process of making the garment, different types of kimonos for different seasons, the tying of the obi sash, beautiful color photos and kimono etiquette. There is a also a detailed step - by - step section on how to wear the kimono. If one is a true aficinado of the kimono, This book should be included in your library.I highly recommend it !!
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The essential kimono book March 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author really takes kimono seriously, and it shows. He founded an international group whose goal is to popularize everyday wearing of kimono. Detailed step by step instructions on how to wear the undergarmet, kimono, and obi or pleated skirt. Also, he includes pages and pages of beautiful full-color photographs. My only complaint is that he did not include more photos of formal kimono.
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Complete and detailed explanations about kimono June 21 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book you'll discover the history of kimono, and complete and detailed explanations of actual and colorful kimonos presented with good quality pictures. You'll also been presented to all accessoires which are needed to wear decently a kimono. In the end you will get some hints about behaviour you should have while wearing a kimono. I can recommend this book without restrictions to anyone willing to have "de la classe !" wearing a superb silk kimono.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Good background, but not an end-all resource May 12 2007
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I'll try to stick with describing things that the other reviewers have not. From the start, let me say that I really like the book, despite some of the negative sounding things I am going to say. I just want people looking at the book to understand a little more of what is and what isn't in the book. For the most part, the instructions in the book are clear enough, though reading the instructions and actually following them is going to take some back and forth work and probably a great deal of practice until you really understand what the writer is talking about.

First off, this book has a little bit of everything in it in regards to kimono history and usage. It does not have how to make a kimono, though it does have the basic preparation steps, like how to put on the protective lining collar for the under robe. There is especially a great deal of vocabulary and explanation - what are the parts of the kimono called, images of and descriptions of different styles and pieces. In fact, this is the only book I have ever seen (in English) to properly show all of the little things used in tying an obi. It shows not only traditional means of dressing in the kimono, but also the more modern "cheater" or "training" wear that is easier to use but in many ways more confusing looking than the traditional forms.

Because of all that detailed information, there are several places that might be considered a little brief to a person trying to learn how to actually wear the kimono themselves. For instance, the book does show you how to tie an obi for men and women, and as a plus, how to properly tie hakama pants and the ties on the jackets. However, the book only shows you how to tie two female styles - a formal and a more informal one - when there are really several fairly common styles for women. On the upside, there is a third style added about how to make and wear a "cheater" obi (a real obi is anywhere from 10 to 14 feet long, the cheater obi has a pre-made bow that you hook in place). Since the book has a photo spread showing several different types of obi ties for women, it was somewhat disappointing for me to only find the two styles and the cheater obi. For someone who is looking to just start, this is a good reference, but don't expect to see instructions for the other obi styles.

This book does show how to do common (but really, difficult) activities properly in a kimono (bowing, opening doors, getting in a car), the differences in wearing a kimono for married and unmarried women, and how to care for and store kimono. It describes the cleaning process, but points out that it is very complex and the kimono material is easy to damage, so most people do spot cleaning and rely on specialized cleaners. This book shows pictures of hair pieces, but does not have any information on how to do the hair styles (which isn't the topic of the book, anyway, but someone asked me about it once when I mentioned this book).

All in all, this book will answer all of the basic, introductory, or background questions, but if you are really interested in figuring out the details, this book will still leave you with a few questions.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Both Practical Information and Theory Jan. 11 2006
By Lady Kalessia (Laura) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I adore this book, having spent the better part of a week trying to research kimono wearing techniques for a costumers convention. Anyone who's tried to tie an obi from an animated gif found on the web should give this one a try!

This is, simply put, the best English-language reference that exists for people who are interested in both the traditions and wearing of kimono. The book covers the history, aesthetic theory, and creation of kimono, as well as traditional accessories and the meanings behind each item. It is the natural counterpart to Liza Dalby's excellent book that takes an anthropological look at kimono culture.

This book also contains a wealth of pracitcal information, from obi knots and step-by-step instructions for donning a kimono, to kimono etiquette for certain accessories, and for sitting, walking and eating. There's also, (wonder of wonder!) a section on the proper care and folding of kimono and obi, which I find absolutely invaluable.


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