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Gift Wrapping: Creative Ideas from Japan Paperback – September 15, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (September 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870117688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870117688
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


KUNIKO EKIGUCHI has a successful and varied background in such traditional Japanese crafts as doll making and paper craft. His extensive knowledge of traditional Japanese papers and his talent for combining the classic with the modern are prominent in Gift Wrapping. He is the author of The Book of Boxes, The New Book of Boxes and Japanese Crafts and Customs. He is also the designer of the stylish Christmas arrangements featured in Origami for Christmas.

Customer Reviews

Well illustrated and easy to understand and plenty of pictures.
Rebecca Ouimette
I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in trying something unique for added beauty to a gift.
Terri Malinski
There is something so beautiful and special about a thoughtfully wrapped gift.
Linda

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Ouimette on April 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is incredible! I highly recomend this for not only someone who enjoys paper craft but also for Graphic Designers like myself. Well illustrated and easy to understand and plenty of pictures. Also great for learning the traditions behind the wrappings.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maria on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
It is fantastic! I loved this book. I has pages whith colored photos of all the desings. The autor is precise (acurate)in the measures and diagrams, important for learning the new ideas proposed. It is very crreative and usefull.
(I'm sorry about my english...i don't write it very well, it's not my language. Anyway i think that you will understand my message).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "moto-mouse" on January 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you're searching for artistic and elegant ways of wrapping up gifts, you will fall in love with this book! Each idea is beautifully presented and diagrammed in detail. There are wrapping ideas from the artfully simple and spghisticated to the ultimately elegant and intricate...gift wrapping for the beginner paper folder to advanced challenges. They are all wonderful with that wonderful touch of Japanese artistic grace that make the outside of the gift as intriguing as the inside and can make the mundane look magnificent. Even when I'm not putting the ideas to use, I find I love to look through the book over and over.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda on June 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
There is something so beautiful and special about a thoughtfully wrapped gift. Forget those garish papers with bright colors that assault your senses. Learn to wrap things so that the wrapping itself is a gift. This book shows you exactly how to wrap your gift with the subtleness found in so many things Japanese. You don't even need boxes for most of the numerous wrapping techniques, and therein lies the beauty. Highly recommended, you won't ever want to part with this one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Yona Lu on November 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I expected more ideas on how to wrap beautiful presents from this book, but was only moderately satisfied from its content. This is certainly one of the better books out there on amazon.com about beautiful gift wrapping. However, I have seen many more beautiful ideas on how to wrap gifts in Asia. If only there was a book that described and taught more ideas on gift-wrapping.
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By J. Lim on February 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I hardly ever wrap gifts, so it's difficult for me to evaluate the book in this regard. Based on riffling through the pages, there's a nice variety of wrapping methods with clear instructions (including step-by-step line illustrations) and color photographs of the finished results. In addition to paper-wrapping methods, the book also shows several decorative ways of tying mizuhiki/ribbons.

So why did I buy the book? From a historical/origami perspective, it has a lot of fascinating information. Several of the wrapping methods are based on traditional mizuhiki knots and paper folds that were originally used to wrap/store things like kimono, tea-ceremony utensils, natto, and religious offerings. There's also a brief chapter about furoshiki at the end.

Since I haven't tried to put most of the directions into practice yet, I can't fully evaluate the book's usefulness or I would've given it perfect marks. But to the extent that I'm familiar with its contents to far, it's pretty cool ^_^
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I've always admired the beauty and creativity of wrapped gifts in Japan and went searching for a book on how to wrap Japanese style. "Gift Wrapping: Creative Ideas from Japan" is the perfect book to teach you some of the standard methods of gift wrapping used in Japan. I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in trying something unique for added beauty to a gift. The book has lots of photos and step-by-step drawings to guide you throught the whole wrapping process. It does take some practice to master folding tight corners but the end result is worth it. Take an ordinary gift and turn it into something extraordinary with Japanese gift wrapping!
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By Paolo Marino on October 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a concise - and at the same time detailed hands-on guide to create gift packaging and wrappings.

The book includes around 60 different ways to wrap up stuff, all based on traditional methods used in Japans. Plenty of pics and diagrams - you can choose the wrapping starting from the shape of what you need to package, including odd objects like bottles, candies and balls.

I am pretty pathetical at wrapping gifts, but I was able to create a nice looking package in a matter of minutes. If you are interested in creating striking wrappings for your gifts or goods, give the book a try, it's really very well done, practical and useful.
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