Itoh Seiu: Five original sketches

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Itoh Seiu: Five original sketches

Itoh Seiu is perhaps the most important figure in the history of Kinbaku. Very seldom, you see original works by him for sale. I was happy to find these five original sketches by his hand on a recent auction i Japan. Not his greatest work perhaps, but the hair, the hands, the gags, the facial expressions… I am happy to have found them, and as I touch the thin paper I shiver a bit. I had to empty all my funds though…

See also some earlier posts about Itoh Seiu on Kinbaku Books: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/?s=itoh&submit=Sök

Call for donations

MukuYoujiCards1 Call for donations

Do you appreciate the blog Kinbaku Books? I have now made 125 blogposts, sharing, cataloguing and commenting Japanese material from the 1950s until today. The blog has been viewed 60.000 times with visitors from more than 90 countries.

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

As a special treat, anyone donating will receive a small card with a printed kinbaku-illustration by Muku Youji. See my earlier post here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/muku-youji-cards/

See also a short article about Muku Youji by Zetsu on KinbakuToday: http://www.kinbakutoday.com/yoji-muku-part-1-introduction/

All the best, BB 

Two special issues of Kitan Club from 1959 and 1960

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Two special issues of Kitan Club from 1959 and 1960

A regular issue of Kitan Club contained more text than images. But a few times they did special ”limited edition” issues with images only – like these two from 1959 and 1960. The issue from 1959 also has a large section of illustrations. Both issues show hojojutsu ties – some also with neck-rope.

1. 奇譚クラブ 限定版特別号 Kitan Club Genteiban tokubetsu-gō (Limited edition, special issue) 緊縛写真グラフ集 (Kinbaku shashin gurafu-shū) Collection of kinbaku photos

Kitan Club, special issue from July 1960

2. 奇譚クラブ緊縛写真 緊縛画集 Kitan Club: Kinbaku syasin to Gasyu (kinbaku art photobook)

Kitan Club, special issue from August 1959

See also an earlier post: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/kinbaku-photo-arabesque-1959/