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Any first time visitor to Japan will be struck by that most beautiful symbol of its ancient culture: the kimono. This book contains a selection of the numerous encounters photographer Paul van Riel had with people wearing kimono all over Japan. Although the popularity of the kimono has dwindled somewhat the last twenty five years, the national garment of Japan is still deeply rooted in Japanese culture, as these photographs testify. In the introduction Liza Dalby describes the kimono's transformation from daily ...

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Overview

Any first time visitor to Japan will be struck by that most beautiful symbol of its ancient culture: the kimono. This book contains a selection of the numerous encounters photographer Paul van Riel had with people wearing kimono all over Japan. Although the popularity of the kimono has dwindled somewhat the last twenty five years, the national garment of Japan is still deeply rooted in Japanese culture, as these photographs testify. In the introduction Liza Dalby describes the kimono's transformation from daily clothing to formal wear over the vourse of the 20th century. Her personal experiences give us a glimpse of the meanings the kimono has for the geisha.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789074822411
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 838,270
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Photographer Paul van Riel (1948) has roamed the world with his cameras, on assignments for magazines and international cooperations. He is also a contract photographer with the prestigious Black Star photo agency in New York. He is currently concentrating on various book projects and a series of exhibitions worldwide. He has visited Japan over fifty times since 1978 to cover a wide range of subjects.
Liza Dalby is one of the world’s experts on geisha and kimono an the author of best-selling titles such as Kimono – Fashioning Culture; Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    A sumptuous view of kimono

    Of all the traditional Japanese arts, kimono design may be the most sumptuous to survive today. These exceptional photographs beautifully illustrate not only its richness but the position it occupies in modern-day Japan.

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