Four Japanese Hojojutsu-books

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Four Japanese Hojojutsu-books

Four Japanese Hojojutsu-books

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Fujita Seiko: ”Zukai Hojojutsu” (1964)
図解捕縄術
ISBN 978-4-8390-0297-8
This is without doubt the greatest and most important of the Hojojutsu-books. A hardbound red book in a yellow carton slipcase, 327 pages with beautiful images, cataloging all the different hojojutsu ties from the different schools. This is NOT a how-to book with step-by-step rendering. In a peculiar and to my mind very beautiful way, the ties are sometimes depicted with a person being tied, and next to it only the pattern of the rope, floating in the air.

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Mizukosho Hiro: ”Shashin de oboeru Hojojutsu” (2005)
写真で覚える捕縄術
ISBN 978-4-7502-0282-2
This in contrast IS a how-to book, showing a number of hojojutsu ties in pictures step by step.
There is a newer edition, with a little bit better black-and-white separation of the images, but the newer edition is shorter, lacking almost 60 pages with many ties. The new edition (2013) has ISBN 978-4-7502-0331-7

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Kazuhiko Itatsu: ”Yoriki, doshin, jitte torinawa” (1992)
与力・同心・十手捕縄
ISBN: 4-404-01942-4
This is mainly a textbook with historical research, but has 60 small, albeit high quality, images, with modern recreations of hojojutsu ties.

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一達流捕縄術
ISBN 978-4-9905829-0-6
This is a comprehensive description in text of how to tie some of the main hojojutsu ties, in Japanese and in (well… some kind of) English (see sample page). Each tie is showed on a doll, only in its finished state and only from one side (not step by step). The last pages show images taken by the researcher Nawa Yumio, of old dolls that was once used for hojojutsu-practice.

Nawa Yumio: ”Jitte Torinawa No Kenkyuu” (1964), and the dvd:s ”Onna Hankacho” I and II

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Nawa Yumio: ”Jitte Torinawa No Kenkyuu” (1964), and the dvd:s ”Onna Hankacho” I & II

Nawa Yumio: 十手捕縄の研究
”Jitte Torinawa No Kenkyuu” (1964)

This ”Study of the constables use of truncheon and rope” is mainly a textbook, with a few images, unfortunately (for the interests of this blog), mainly of truncheons… The very few images of hojo-rope, I have reproduced here.

Nawa Yumio, famous for his historically oriented books and articles documenting hojojutsu as well as Edo-era forms of punishment and torture, also wrote the script for two dramatic films on this theme: ”Onna Hankacho I–II, Edo gomon keibatsu” (1998), directed by Masaru Tsushima, with lots of content relevant for anyone interested in ”semenawa”.

おんな犯科帳~江戸拷問刑罰抄
Onna Hankacho ~ Edo gomon keibatsu
(Torture and Punishment in Edo, 1998)
ASIN: B00005F5W1

おんな犯科帳~江戸拷問刑罰抄
Onna Hankacho 2 ~ Edo gomon keibatsu
(Torture and Punishment in Edo, 1998)
ASIN: B00005F5W2

Itoh Seiu: ”Die Bilder über die Strafe und abnormer Geschlechtstrieb” (1930)

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Itoh Seiu: ”Die Bilder über die Strafe und abnormer Geschlechtstrieb” (Pictures of punishment and abnormal sexual drive)
Japanese title: 世界の刑罰・性犯・変態の研究
The book contains 296 numbered images, divided in different sections. Each section has a commentary text.
Original edition 1930, this is a reprint from 1977.

This thick, hardbound volume comes in a silver-printed slipcase. It contains what in my perception is a quite heterogeneous collection of images of punishment, torture and execution, from different epochs and geographical locations. Thus, about half of the material is European (for example the execution of Damiens, unforgettable for anyone who has read the first pages of Foucault’s ”Discipline and Punish”). Most relevant for this blog, the book contains many historical images of hojojutsu, and the last section has several images by Itoh Seiu – including some photographs of tying in a snowy landscape. The section ends with a commentary-text by Itoh Seiu on kinbaku and seme/cruelty in theatre and in crime.