Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kimono dressing and manners by Hisako Yamano

Kimono dressing and manners by Hisako Yamano.  Paperback published by Shufu To Seikatusha 2001. (All text is Japanese. Title is approximate only.)  

Try as I might, I just can’t seem to avoid picking up foreign language publications. 

Japanese books often have an aesthetic beauty that transcends a lack of Japanese language skills. I was recently at another booksellers shop and saw a truly amazing Kimono book from the 1960s filled with wonderful colour photographs.  It was beautiful and had an elegance and aesthetic that a Myers* catalogue doesn’t.  This book whilst not as beautiful as the other book still has an elegance and beauty about it.   

I’m sure there are many people out there who are itching to know how to put on a Kimono and OK most of us outside of Japan, can’t understand a word of the text but the many illustrations allows all of us non Japanese reading, book and Kimono appreciators, to appreciate the finer art of the Kimono... it should also appeal to fans of the instructional book.  Here’s a few examples:


If you’ve looked at these images and not thought much of them… well that’s OK.  The book isn’t for you.  Personally, I think the book looks great.

*Large Australian department store.

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