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This blog provides snapshots from my collection of kinbaku-material, mainly Japanese Photo-books and magazines. Sometimes, the blog also offer translations from this material.

The entries typically includes a picture of the cover, a peek inside – and, if available, bibliographical information such as ISBN, Japanese title and year of publication. One intention (among others) is to be of service to the international rope-community and make these books easier to search for. The blog also wants to add historical material to reflections and interventions in the contemporary rope-scene, both in its imagery and its practices.

I would like to acknowledge some of my most important sources of information:

http://www.thebeautyofkinbaku.com (The book in itself is incomparable – a must have if you are the least interested in the subject of this blog – but the website also have quite a lot of material)

http://kinbakunomicon.libsyn.com (An admirably well-researched podcast by Faviola Llervu, providing both translated material and interesting reflections)

http://smpedia.com (In Japanese, a vital source of information, primary source for everyone, edited by Yugo Kotake)

http://www.nawapedia.com (In English, partial translations from SMpedia)

http://nawa-art.com/ (Digital library of Kitan Club and other valuable kinbaku-publications – in Japanese)

http://tokyobound.com/blog/ (Kinbaku/Shibari as practiced by Osada Steve – with very valuable interviews)

Some of the Shibari and Kinbaku-groups at http://www.fetlife.com

A special thanks to the people who have – so far – answered my call for donations. Your contributions are valuable to me in more than one way: Morgana M, D’Arcy, Mino Dragonrope, Janusz Swiat, Jacob Pernalonga Schriver, Zetsu, Dirty Von P, Inudoshi, Davide La Greca, Kinbaku Today, Master ‘K’, BeyondRope, Tobbe Mieden and StrangeLove.

Anyone reading this, please do consider the possibility of donating even a symbolic amount. Details here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/call-for-donations-4/

A special thanks to Aki Ebi, Demonsix, Hourai Kasumi, Kabuki Joe, Nuit de Tokyo, Osada Steve, Trevor Brown, Ugo and Zetsu for their help.

I am humbled beyond words by the generosity of Osada Steve. Here is a post about his donation: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/donation-from-osada-steve/ 

I have now made 250+ blogposts, sharing, cataloguing and commenting Japanese Kinbaku material, including translations, from the 1930s until today. The blog has been viewed by visitors from more than 100 countries. Most visitors are from Japan.

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