Tsujimura Takashi: Special issue of SM KING (1973), Ishii Teruo movies, and a documentary from 1971

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Tsujimura Takashi: Special issue of SM KING (1973) and Ishii Teruo movies

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This special issue of SM KING has the title ”The World of Tsujimura Takashi”. The issue represents one of the few larger collections of his work, otherwise spread out in magazines. According to Nawapedia, it is also the first photographic work by Sugiura Norio ever to be published. (See: http://www.nawapedia.com/index.php?title=Norio_Sugiura)

Nawapedia writes: ”It would not be an exaggeration to say that Takashi Tsujimura established modern Kinbaku Art (…) Tsujimura acted as a kinbakushi for virtually the entire run of Kitan Club magazine…” (http://nawapedia.com/index.php?title=Takashi_Tsujimura)

I find it very interesting that in the mid 1950s, he wrote a series of articles about the expression of the face of the kinbaku-model.

In addition, it seems, Akechi Denki met him and learned from him during his formative years. (http://tokyobound.com/blog/?p=114)

In one of the photos I have included below, Tsujimura is appearing publicly as an expert on bondage on the TV-show ”11 PM” in 1968. Around the same time, he was also responsible for the rope-bondage in a couple of large format dramatic movies by the director Teruo Ishii. The English text on the cover of this 5 dvd-box promises a ”world full of orgy, torture, tattoo, true crime… and massacre by samurai sword!” You will not be disappointed. The edition posted here has no English subtitles, but you can find these as well (I got mine here: http://japaneiga.free.fr/contact-info.html).

Master K writes in ”The Beauty of Kinbaku” (p. 61) that Tsujimura was the first ”magazine bakushi”, as he tied the model Kawabata Tanako in the Kitan Club, May/June issue 1952. This same issue according to Tsujimura himself, contains the first uses of the terms ”kinbaku” and ”kinbaku model” in a magazine.

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There is also a rare chance to see Tsujimura tie live for about 15 minutes in the historically very interesting 1971 Japanese documentary movie ”The World of Sexual Perversion” (セックスドキュメント 性倒錯の世界), now available on DVD (ASIN: B0058TI63Q). Here is the cover: Tsujimura dvd docu

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

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.

耽美の発見 : SM画集 (Tanbi no Hakken: SM gashu)

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耽美の発見 : SM画集 (Tanbi no Hakken: SM gashu)

According to Master K in ”The Beauty of Kinbaku” (p. 53), the anthology ”Tanbi no Hakken” (1969) was released as an ”art supplement” to a series of novels published by SM Bugaku.
It’s few pages contains illustrations by among others Kita Reiko, Sogabe Yashusi and Kasuga Akira. It also contains a couple of black and white photos.

Beautifully Bound booklet series

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After the two outstanding books ”Beautifully Bound” number 1 and 2 (aka the ”black book” and the ”red book”), a series of booklets were started: ”Beautifully Bound” numbers 3–11.
These were published by Tenseisya, Abeno Osaka

The images above are from are issues number 3 (1964), number 6 (1965) and number 9 (1966).
Number 9 contains no rope bondage, only leather straps and chains.