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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:57 am

CLAMPもこなのオキモノキモノ
(Okimono kimono by CLAMP Mokona)
ISBN978-4-309-26927-6
Language: :jp Japanese with very little English (mostly names)
No. of pages: 123

Amazon.co.jp Link

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Contents:
1) Okimono Art
- Contains pictures of models wearing kimono on a painted CG background. After the feature photos, there is a section that contains the original graphic designs for each photo and more pictures of the models. There is also a couple of pages where they show the original design for one of the kimono and how they dyed it.

2) Okimono Coordination
- Here, the book shows various styles of wearing antique kimono for many occasions (for example, flower-viewing, snow-viewing, library, classical concert). Each ensemble has a short memo next to it (which I can't read!) and smaller pictures of its highlights. Most of the outfits are very Kimono-hime-ish and modern. I honestly love this section so much that when I go out, I put this book into my bag so that I can look at this section for tips whenever I have a free moment.

SPECIAL: Okimono Talk Part 1
-Mokona (author of the book, and lead artist, colorist, and composition designer of CLAMP) talks with Onuki Ami-san of the Japanese pop group PUFFY.

3) Okimono Sanpo
- This section has pictures of a model (still haven't decided if it's Mokona or someone who looks suspiciously like her, but younger) wearing kimono around parts of Asakusa. It is divided into 4 parts: Asakusa Hanayashiki, where she is at a theme park; Asakusa Kaminarimon, where she goes shopping; Asakusa Asumabashi, where she is by the riverside; and Asakusa View Hotel, where she is having a formal dinner. I'm not very familiar with Asakusa (except for that big lantern!) so if someone could confirm that this is right, it would be very helpful :) There are also "checkpoints" of accessorising correctly for each formality level.

4) Okimono Komono
Part 1: Everyday Clothes
- Gives points on accessorising with obi, hat, tabi and apron for everyday-wear.
Part 2: Party Kimono
- Shows how to accessorise for parties, with points on hair accessories, shawl and geta/zori.
Part 3: Summer Kimono (Yukata)
- Points on hair accessories, fan, geta, zori and manicure/pedicure.
Note: Each of the first 3 parts has a small manga panel that says "House/Party/Summer Kimono Iro-Iro (various)" that gives some little kitsuke tips and ideas.
Part 4: Mokona's Handmade Komono
Part 5: Mokona's Komono Collection

5) Okimono Nikki
- It's called the "Kimono Diary by Mokona", which shows pictures of Mokona in kimono at work from January 2005 up to October 2006.

SPECIAL: Kimono Talk Part 2
- Mokona talks with Yumioka Katsumi, who wrote the "Kimono and the Colours of Japan" series and owns alot of kimono I want.

6) Okimono Work
- A cute 6-page comic of a little girl in a kimono and her older brother.
- A short story by one of the CLAMP workers.



Pros:
Small (A5 size) and thin, so easy to carry around
Despite being small, the pictures are large and easy to see
Lots and lots of pictures
Cute little manga-style drawings of Mokona in kimono scattered all over the book
Easy to understand the main points
The language is cheerful and easy to understand

Cons:
No furigana, so a little difficult to translate
No formal kitsuke, only casual (unless you count the "party kimono", which features a komon-patterned furisode, and that's only 2 pages!)
No men's kimono
No children's kimono
No kitsuke instructions at all



Recommended for:
People interested in kimono coordination
People interested in modern styles of wearing kimono
People interested in women's casual kimono
People who like lots of pictures

Not recommended for:
People interested in men's/children's kimono
People interested in formal attire
People interested in learning how to put on kimono or obi
People wanting to know how to care for their kimono
People looking for wordy articles
People with very "Yamanaka Norio" taste in kimono



Scans (taken fron Amazon.jp):
One of the "Kimono Art" pages
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One of the coordination pages
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P/S: Sorry for the very long review ^^; I just love this book so much that I needed to share it with you guys!

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:58 am

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And here I thought that a lot of CLAMP kimono designs were physically impossible.

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Haha I think most of the ones in the manga are, but these are relatively normal :D My favourite Kimono Art picture is one called "Kitsunebi" or "Fox Fire" with a woman wearing a red juban and a purple uchikake over it. The uchikake has the painting of a white 9-tailed fox demon. *squeals* I WAAAAAAANT!!!!

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:59 am

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I must have this book! Thank you for writing a review.

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:59 am

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I have this book and I LOVE it! I can barely read half of it but the pictures make up for that fact. :oops:

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:59 am

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I accidently came across this book in local comic store and immedeately bought it! I can't read it at all, but the pictures definetely make up for it!! I absolutely LOVE the modern kimono! Not it gives me an excuse to wear kimono in FL 'winter' and I have some nice boots and whole bunch of hats to go with it! :katana:

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:00 am

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Now I need to get this book, I'm like a huge CLAMP fan =D

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shira wrote:People with very "Yamanaka Norio" taste in kimono

OMG! It sounds like they have a strong prejudice against other ways of wearing kimono :???:

Thanks for posting this review! I'm sure my daughter will enjoy this book a lot. She loves CLAMP and adores Yuko's outfits (and I have to admit I love them too!) ;)

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:01 am

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Thank you so much for the review! :)
I were just reading xxxHolic (also by CLAMP) at breakfast and drooling over Yûko's fancy kimono ensemble. Have to get this book! :D

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:01 am

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Good news! Dark Horse is bringing this out in English in the US. The release date is April 21, so I may be able to get my grubby little hands on a copy over spring break. :)

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:01 am

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Borders has it for $12.99; currently on pre-order but it says the release date is March 17th. I'm hoping the store near me gets it; I have a $15 coupon and figure that would work out well.

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Ah, no fair Iyolan... I won't be back on the mainland until April... maybe I could get someone to ship it to me. T.T Somehow it's worse knowing it is out there while I'm cramming for finals.

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Wow, thank you for posting this! I hadn't heard of it before, but I'll definitely have to get my hands on a copy: I do kimono panels at local anime/manga conventions and this would be a neat thing to pass around to show the two blended.

(And CLAMP always makes pretty art to look at as well. :) )

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:03 am

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And it finally came out on June 22. Thanks a lot Dark Horse. :P But seriously, it was pushed back about four times, I wonder what went wrong. Oh well, it's now $9.35 on Amazon. Sweet!

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:03 am

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I bought myself the English version too, and it's so nice! It's nice to finally understand what's written there!!! :) :)

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:04 am

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I have the english version too, and it's so so darling. I haven't been so charmed by a little book in a long time. If anyone's curious, I wrote up a little review here:
http://moonblossom.net/blog/2010/07/boo ... no-kimono/

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:05 am

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I saw the cover of the book and wondered why the heck someone was reviewing Kobato. lol. :oops: I'll have to find this for the sake of being a fan of the show, if nothing else. I love the mixing and matching of wafuku with yofuku accessories, it looks so classy to me.

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:06 am

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moonblossom wrote:I have the english version too, and it's so so darling. I haven't been so charmed by a little book in a long time. If anyone's curious, I wrote up a little review here:
http://moonblossom.net/blog/2010/07/boo ... no-kimono/
I couldn't have put it better. It's a really cute, inspiring little book. :)

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Lyuba-chan wrote:I bought myself the English version too, and it's so nice! It's nice to finally understand what's written there!!! :) :)


lyuuuba! where did you get an english version!? i still want one

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I bought this on the strength of this review - and I'm really pleased. It's very cute! I'd definitely buy another if it became a series.

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:07 am

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going to order this from amazon... far cheaper for me than going to borders...

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:08 am

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I finally got my copy and I read it straight through in one sitting. My favorite chapter was Chapter 2, especially the Snow Viewing and Stargazing ensembles. The translation was very good and I could almost hear the interviews taking place in my head. I'll definitely read this again... perhaps later tonight. :oops:

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:08 am

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Some more feedback on this book, and some scans :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/greygoat/5569480560/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greygoat/5569480272/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greygoat/5568892611/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greygoat/5569479566/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greygoat/5569479240/

I found this book to be great value for money. Small, but packed with info!

It's nicely gossipy and feels a bit like sitting with your best friend, having a wardrobe sort-out and try-on, whilst she tells you why she likes certain accessories and how she would combine them to make outfits.

The first section covers some more artistic painted kimono designs. I found the description of the thought processes interesting, but the kimono and styling are more for art than kimono wearing as we usually know it.

The next section is my favourite sort of thing - ensembles shown together with, crucially, the reasons for picking different pieces and accessories. These little footnotes totally make the book for me - it would be a real shame to miss out on the narrative if you were reading the Japanese version. The only caveat for this section is that it's very heavily accessorised, so it you don't like that sort of thing you probably won't be as keen on this book - it's quite non traditional, but stopping short of kimono hime or something more outre.

There are some interviews in the book which are interesting reading, but I wasn't familiar with the famous names so this might mean more to people who are into manga, etc.

Next there's a sort of photo diary, following the author round on her travels wearing kimono. Nice to see what she chose to wear for different occasions and why.

In summary - bargain price for the content, quite young/retro feeling, big on accessories, DIY and repurposing. Cute, frothy and fun!

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:09 am

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Nice review, RubyMinky.

I got this book for Xmas/my birthday, and I'm glad it's on my kimono bookshelf. Nothing to add review wise; I think everyone's said it all already.

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:10 am

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Thanks for the reviews and scans everyone! :)
Took me about 5 minutes to decide to order that book. Hehe, should arrive in a few days. :lovelove

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:10 am

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Hope you love it, Asu!

I have my fingers crossed for a sequel...

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:10 am

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O_O I feel like I absolutely MUST get the English version! Thanks for the scans, rubyminky!

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:11 am

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No problem :)

I wasn't sure which pages to scan so I picked a good mix. If anyone wants anything specific scanned, let me know.

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:12 am

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Gah. Want. I need to 'fun-up' my kitsuke. But I just totally cleaned out my paypal on eBay. :roll:

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Post by shira » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:12 am

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The pros of this book are that it's cute, it's now cheap and plentiful in places like Amazon and eBay, and it's got a fun tone.

The cons are that the kimono and yukata ensembles are styled for very young women and not at all traditional. Older women might want to look for a different source of inspiration (or play really close attention to the tiny pics of Monoka in the outfits she wore from 2005-2006 in the Diary section of her book. How she styles kimono & yukata for others is generally more non-traditional than what she herself actually wears.

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