Naka Akira & Hourai Kasumi & Sugiura Norio: Itoh Seiu edition (2017)

  Naka Akira & Hourai Kasumi & Sugiura Norio: Itoh Seiu edition (2017) 極私的緊縛野史 蓬莱かすみ 第二弾 (伊藤晴雨編) This is the second photo-project released by Sugiura, with Naka tying Hourai Kasumi. This time, they have taken special inspiration from Itoh Seiu. … Läs mer

Itoh Keijirō: ”A selection of representative seme scenes that appear in novels” (1953)

  Itoh Keijirō: 小説に現れた責の代表作選 (”A selection of representative seme scenes that appear in novels”) (Suikōdo 粹古堂1953) I have always been fascinated by the poetic and fantasy aspects of Kinbaku, and recently obtained a book that opened a door onto some … Läs mer

Itoh Seiu: ”Fifteen Ways To Tie a Woman’s Body” (1953)

Itoh Seiu: ”Fifteen Ways To Tie a Woman’s Body”, in Fuzoku soshi (風俗草紙), September 1953 Itoh was a prolific writer. Making private experiments with torment or ”seme” already in the 1910s, he started publishing texts on this topic in the … Läs mer

お楽しみグラフ: Special issue on Itoh Seiu (1961)

           お楽しみグラフ: Special issue on Itoh Seiu (1961) Magazine with some text, but mainly images: many fold-outs, some in full colour, some in black and white + one-colour. A mixture of wood-cuts, photos and ink-sketches. Approximately one third … Läs mer

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.