Kimono (2001)

By: Paul van Riel & Liza Dalby

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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Leiden : Hotei Pub., 2001
Format: 143 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN : 907482241X  9789074822411
OCLC : 47244951

Table of contents

Table of contents

Preface – Paul van Riel i

Introduction – Liza Dalby 8

Festivals 14

En route 30

Tradition 44

Commerce 58

Geisha/maiko 82

Men 98

Kabuki 108

Work 116

Footwear 132

Biography – Paul van Riel 143

Acknowledgements 143

About the author

About the author

Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specializing in Japanese culture. As the only Westerner to have become a geisha, which she did as research for her Ph.D. and her books Geisha and Kimono, she was a consultant for Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and three children.

Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Petkova, Galia T. “Liza Crihfield Dalby, Kimono: Fashioning Culture ”. Material Culture Review 56.1 (2002).

Rodríguez, Amaury García. Estudios De Asia y Africa, vol. 37, no. 2 (118), 2002, pp. 402–404. JSTOR, Accessed 12 Jan. 2020.


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