Naka Akira: Shibari to Seme (2017)

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Naka Akira: 縛りと責め [Shibari to Seme]

This book is a kind of repackaging of vintage material. It offers stills from sixteen videos that Naka Akira did in collaboration with the director 夢流ZOU, from 2002 to 2008, most of them from the original ”Nawa Etsu”-series (”Rope Joy”), all earlier published by Art Video. In addition to the photo-book, there is included a DVD with two and a half hours of material, cut from eleven of the films. Master ‘K’ once included this series of ”The 10 best Kinbaku films and Videos ever produced” – In my view, there is no doubt that they belong there. Link: http://www.thebeautyofkinbaku.com/kinbakuandartchap8pt2.html

Publisher: Sanwa, 2017

ISBN: 978-4-7769-1688-8

Vincent Guilbert: Fragments of a Whisper (2016)

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The french filmmaker Vincent Guilbert worked for many years on a movie with Akira Naka, called  牡丹の囁き (”The Peony’s Whisper”).

On his website, Guilbert presents the movie with the following words:

”Details from a portrait of Akira Naka, through the otherness of image and speech; broken up memory, fragmented time, reminiscences of places, moments, faces and bodies, during a back-and-forth between the recollections of a child and the aspirations of a man in his fifties…” (Source: http://www.jikken-karasu.com/films/the-peony-s-whisper?lang=en )

This small beautiful book, bound with an intensely red thread, published by Romantic Press in a limited edition of 100 copies, features stills from the movie, accompanied by exact time-references in hours, minutes and seconds, and a short presentation of the project (in Japanese).

Relevant to the interests of the readers of this blog, I may mention that Guilbert in 2006 made a documentary movie about the porn-actress and Kinbaku-model Maki Tomoda. In the movie, you get to see a few glimpses of Naka in action as well. The DVD was released in a very limited edition of 80 copies. I am happy to have it in my collection, and include an image of it below (though I generally abstain from posting about anything else but printed materials).  More about the movie here: http://www.jikken-karasu.com/films/kage-no-hikari-37?lang=en

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Kazami Ranki & Bingo Shigonawa: ”Now I can do it! Illustrated Shibari tutorial 2”

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Kazami Ranki and Bingo Shigonawa: Now I can do it! Illustrated Shibari tutorial 2

いますぐデキる! 図説縛り方マニュアル (2015) and いますぐデキる! 図説縛り方マニュアル2 (2016)

These tutorial books, without photos but with detailed pencil illustrations and text instructions, are quite interesting. I have no information about who were involved in part 1, but part 2 was produced under the supervision of no less than Kazami Ranki and Bingo Shigonawa. All images above are from part 2.

And it is rich in content! Some basics, a gote and some leg ties from Bingo Shigonawa, and from Kazami a full three rope gote, a sturdy hip-harness, as well as several instructions for suspensions. As I recently attended a four-day intensive workshop with Kazami-san in London, it was a delight to find that the ties included here were fully up to date.

Probably due to the lack of photos, this book has not been adult rated and so is easy to get hold of also outside of Japan.

(No 1) ISBN-13: 978-4776913269

(No 2) ISBN-13: 978-4776916048

Publisher: Sanwa

Kinoko, Hourai & Naka: Kinbaku Kitan

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Kinoko, Hourai & Naka:  緊縛綺譚 (Kinbaku Kitan)

It is rare to find such a concentration of quality in one single publication as is the case here.

Master Kinbaku photographer Sugiura Norio has put together photos from multiple shootings with Kinoko, Hourai and Naka. Pictures capturing something like 20 models doing outstanding work is included.

Biographies of the photographer and the three bakushi are included, as well as individual picture bylines crediting the models, in English as well as Japanese. (Although in a poetic and enigmatic moment, the English bio of Hourai ends with the note: ”Text not translated from the Japanese version of Hourai’s profile above”.)

A4-size, soft-cover, 98 pages, full colour.

Photo: Sugiura Norio

ISBN 978-4-7769-1589-8

Publisher: Sanwa, 2016

Kinoko Hajime: Ichi-go Ichi-e

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Kinoko Hajime: Ichi-go Ichi-e (一期一会)

This amazing ”photo-essay-book” celebrates Kinoko’s 10th anniversary as a rope-artist. And what a decade it has been!

Both a retrospective, and packed with recent works, it features a lot of photos (all in color) – including some exploring the art of flower-arrangements, using the human body as the ”stem” . But, for an english-speaking audience, perhaps the biggest treat is that the whole book is bi-lingual. Kinoko comments on most of the photos, there is a long interview and reflections on his plural styles.

Excerpt from the preface:

”It has been 10 years since I began calling myself ‘Kinoko Hajime’. ‘Ichigo Ichie’ (a Japanese four letter idiom translated as ‘never again’ or ‘once in a lifetime’) is the title of the book, but Kinbaku is also ‘Ichigo Ichie’; you cannot tie the same more than once. The partner you are facing is different each time, and even if you were tying the same partner, you and their feelings will change every day, and the meaning behind the tie will transform as well…”

ISBN: 978-4-7769-1571-3

Publisher: Sanwa, 2016

Translation: Emi

Naka, Yukimura, Kinoko, Kai and Marai: Kawakami Yuu Kinbaku Shashin-shuu

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Naka, Yukimura, Kinoko, Kai and Marai tying Kawakami Yuu

川上ゆう緊縛写真集 (Kawakami Yuu Kinbaku Shashin-shuu)

Here is a glossy picture-book with Kawakami Yuu, tied in the different styles of Naka Akira, Yukimura Haruki, Kinoko Hajime, Kai and Marai Masato.

For details, see my earlier post here:

https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/sm-sniper-spring-2016-naka-kinoko-yukimura-kai-and-marai-tying-kawakami-yuu/

ISBN: 978-4-8130-7458-8

Publisher: Taiyohtosho, 2016