Otoko no kimono kikonashi nyumon (men's kimono book) [J] - one link may need updating once forum goes live

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Otoko no kimono kikonashi nyumon (men's kimono book) [J] - one link may need updating once forum goes live

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:30 am

NAME: James

男のきもの着こなし入門 (otoko no kimono kikonashi nyumon, roughly "beginner's guide to men's kimono")

("kikonasu" is a verb that means "to dress stylishly")

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I was inspired to write this due to the other men's kimono book review.

This book is also by, or connected with, Ginza Motoji, a men's kimono store in Ginza.

This is quite a nice book with lots of colour photos which are good for coordinating / fabric / ensemble ideas. It has a rough guide to seasonal wear (this is covered in much more detail in the other book mentioned above), and 2-page spreads of different outfits covering everything from footwear to han-eri. There's also the inevitable section on yukata, but as is usual for men, this section is very short.

The middle portion of the book is divided into short sections on:

* Fabrics
* Haori-himo
* Juban
* Obi
* Outerwear
* Bags
* Footwear (shoes and tabi)
* Han-eri
* Underwear (hada-juban, suteteko (those extra-long boxer shorts) and fundoshi)
* Koshi-himo

There follows another ensemble section that includes some traditional outfits and some where they've tried to "modern up" various items of Japanese clothing with sometimes interesting but occasionally unfortunate results, such as the soccer ball mon on one outfit, and the haori-as-tuxedo-jacket mess, but I actually don't mind the outfit with what seems to be a long-sleeved jin-baori with jeans and geta.

Next is the kitsuke section, which begins with the underwear and moves through juban and kimono, with koshi-himo and eri-dome. From this section on the images are black and white. This is followed by instructions for 3 kaku-obi and one heko-obi musubi.

The next section deals with dressing someone else, including juban, kimono and haori. Following a tutorial on tying haori-himo, there are 4 kaku-obi and one heko-obi musubi demos, followed by a hakama kitsuke tutorial with 2 different musubi.

There's a section on folding kimono, haori, hakama, and juban; and a section on wearing fundoshi and rokushaku.

Finally, there's a section on standing and sitting in Japanese clothes, entering a genkan (entry hall), and straightening the kimono.

At the very end, there's a brief section comparing men's and women's kimono.

All in all it's a great book, about 185 pages with lots of illustrations, and easy to follow even if you don't know Japanese.

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