One year anniversary – Call for donations

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One year anniversary – Call for donations

Do you appreciate the blog Kinbaku Books? It has now existed for one year, and I have made more than 90 blogposts, sharing, cataloguing and commenting Japanese material from the 1950s until today. This blog will keep on being a free resource – however, please consider the possibility of making a small symbolic donation. Every little helps, and this would be a good moment. The easiest way is to create an account on http://www.paypal.com (if you dont have one already), and send the money using my e-mail:   bergamott@live.se

Thank you, BB

Koh Ishifune: ”Koko-ten” and ”Yami no kosekei”

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Koh Ishifune: ”Koko-ten” and ”Yami no kosekei”

Catalogues from two exhibitions.

”Koko-ten”, at Shinjuku-za (2012). By Bingo Shigonawa, Koh Ishifune and Kengou Ou. (As a curiosity, it can be mentioned that Osada Steve made a performance at the opening of the exhibition, see here:
http://www.tokyobound.com/blog/?p=345 )

”Yami no kosekei”, at Wright-syokai (2014). By Koh Ishifune.

Kinbiken communications

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Kinbiken communications
別冊緊美研通信, issues 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19
Rope: Nureki Chimuo

Photo:  Akio Fuji, Youri Sunohara, and others

A friend in Japan helped me get hold of a box of old issues of ”Kinbiken communications”. They contain mainly text and catalogues over Kinbiken-video clips with small photos in black and white – but many of the photos are fantastic, and all of the issues have some real gems inside. The later issues (with black covers, i.e. no 18 and 19) have a larger section of photos.

See an earlier post here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/kinbiken-communications-1991-no-8/

Trevor Brown: ”Minomushi”

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Trevor Brown ”Minomushi”
Silkscreen printed book in very large format, 28 suspension images.
Limited Edition of 199 copies. This is number 31.
Signed by Trevor Brown.
Publisher: Jinx, 2000

In 1993, as he moved to Japan, Trevor Brown visited several Kinbiken-meetings. He wrote about this, and a meeting in 1997, on his blog in a text that gives an interesting view: http://web.archive.org/web/20050312124436/http://www.pileup.com/babyart/kinbiken.htm

Trevor Brown kindly wrote me and added the following information: ”these images mostly copied from old Sanwa books compilations – so rope artist unknown – but almost certainly Nureki-sensei in many cases”. He also provided a link to an interview he did in the 1990s with Masami Akita, also dealing with Kinbiken: http://web.archive.org/web/19970625171403/http://www.tb-art.com/tb-art/html/archive/merzbow_interview.htm

A text by Masami Akita dealing with the history of bondage in Japan can be found online in two parts, here (1): http://www.bondageproject.com/public/history_e1.htm  And here (2): http://www.bondageproject.com/public/history_e2.htm

The section at the end of part (2) deals with Kinbiken, just scroll down.