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The Book of Kimono: The Complete Guide to Style and Wear Paperback – March 15, 1987

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About the Author


NORIO YAMANAKA was born in Shiga Prefecture in 1928. In 1964 he founded the Sodo Kimono Academy, the first institute of its kind to encourage the wearing of Japan's national dress in everyday life. His philosophy is that wearing the kimono properly depends as much on the person's inner nature as on the garment itself. His movement has spread throughout Japan, and more than five million people have been taught how to wear the kimono by the fifty thousand consultants the academy has graduated.

Mr. Yamanaka was appointed chairman of the All Japan Kimono Consultants Association when it was formed in 1969. He is the author of several books on the kimono in Japanese, and since 1970 he has annually led delegations of more than a hundred members each, traveling to forty-five countries in Asia, Europe and North and South America to familiarize other people with this form of dress. In 1980 and 1982 he was invited to the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he lectured and gave demonstrations on the theme of the kimono and Japanese culture.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; Reprint edition (March 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870117858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870117855
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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The DVD of Memoirs of a Geisha contains two fascinating chapters on the creation of kimono and Geisha Bootcamp, in which the actresses learned to wear kimono properly. But it left many unanswered questions: why do many geisha need the help of a professional dresser? Exactly how many layers does a geisha wear under her kimono? How many variations are there in how to finish tying an obi? This book answers all these questions and many more that, before reading it, I didn't know enough to ask. The author designed many helpful devices to allow a modern woman to don a kimono without assistance, including padding. He also wrote an entire chapter on the proper way to move, bow, open a door, sit on a western style chair and get into a car without wrinkling your kimono. The color photographs are splendid and the drawings as detailed as I could wish for. Having read this book in conjunction with Liz Dalby's Geisha, I found that the last chapter of her book about wearing kimono illuminated his.
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