This book contains hundreds of photographs and a wealth of information about colors, fabrics, and decorations to paint a portrait of Japanese culture, art, and thought. Sumptuous classical motifs and vast painted or embroidered scenes show an inwardness, a sense of humor, and a sensitivity to beauty that is inherently Japanese. Organized according to the motifs traditionally associated with each season, this book analyzes the kimono's own modes of expression: flowers and plants, birds and other animals, symbols of power and fortune, landscapes and seascapes, scenes from literature, history, and daily life, travel, etc.
Extensive descriptions of all the motifs emphasize how the kimono reflects changing times and exudes a sense of "timelessness." The book also provides information on jewelry, hairpins, and other accessories, to offer a more complete framework of Japanese costume art.