Minomura Kou: Congratulations on the launch of Kinbiken Tsuushin (1989)

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Minomura Kou: Congratulations on the launch of Kinbiken Tsuushin

 At a recent workshop with Naka Akira in Copenhagen, he brought as a present to each of the participants a piece of paper with his autograph and a traditional Japanese ”hanko” name-seal. I am not really a collector of autographs, but the piece of paper made me think of the text below, that I commissioned Shiba to translate for me already a year ago or so, but have not shared on the blog yet.

The context of the following short text is this:

As Kinbiken was developing, they started to release also a printed ”magazine” called Kinbiken Tsushin [”Kinbiken Communications”] with texts and photos by the people in the group, but also from friends. I have in my collection an almost complete set 1989–1999 (I am still hunting for example for issue 16, which contains the letter from the model ”Aki”, that plays an important role for Vincent Guilberts movie The Peonys Whisper – see here).

After the premiere issue, the second issue opens with the following congratulatory letter from Minomura Kou to Nureki Chimuo, where Minomura also draws a historical line from his own work, and his mentor Itoh Seiu.

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Minomura Kou: Congratulations on the launch of Kinbiken Tsuushin

Congratulations on the first issue! The card enclosed is a handmade business card [名刺] of my former teacher [恩師] Itoh Seiu. The card was sent to me together with some congratulating words by Sensei when I made a special newsmagazine which was named KK Tsuushin for rope-enthusiasts while I was working for Kitan Club. Later, when I was working hard on Uramado after moving to Tokyo, I had Sensei’s business card present as an amulet. I think of it as an amulet for those working in the field. It’s weird, but through it bad things can get better when you are in trouble. You might not be able to believe it, but I see it as an amulet which has a mysterious spiritual strength when it comes to this field. So, I’m sending it to you, my brother who is standing in the front line of the field in these modern times. The business card is not the original, though. I’m sending you a copy. I can’t give you the original now because I am in the running for a literature award (to which I entered a manuscript which involves SM), and I can’t let go of the amulet until I find out the result. I will give the original to you, my brother, as soon as the result comes out. So, please forgive me sending you the copy. Anyway, this is just a quick note to congratulate. Sorry for the hasty writing. Please edit the text as it suits you and publish it if you wish. Thank you.

Minomura Kou

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Translated by Shiba, commissioned and edited by Bergborg / KinbakuBooks

 

 

Erisa Satoh: Tristes Tropiques: Akira Naka’s Blue

 

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This booklet is a rare photographic exploration of kinbaku. Not focussed on the tied up person (although they are visible in some photos), also not focused on the interaction between the person tying and the person being tied (which was often the case in Erisa Satoh’s previous book) – but instead the focus is singularly on the tying person, Naka Akira, in a certain… blue… mood.

A very beautiful project.

See my earlier post on Erisa Satoh’s previous book wih Naka here:

https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/naka-akira-緊縛写真集-rope-artworks-2014/

Erisa Satoh’s website: www.studio-eripsycho.com

Publisher: 撞着社, 2017

ISBN: 978-4-909126-00-9

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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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

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

Naka Akira and Sugiura Norio

 

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Naka Akira and Sugiura Norio

This series of glossy-print Photo-books in A4-format feature Sugiura Norio’s masterful photography of Kinbaku scenes. Rope-work is generally by Naka Akira. Each book comes with a full length DVD from the photo-shoots, sometimes documenting both the process of tying and the process of photography and posing.

悦虐の華 (2013 Jan)
ISBN 978-4-7769-0926-2

艶縄の餐宴 (2013 Nov)
ISBN 978-4-7769-1080-0

衣摺れの縄音 (2014 March)
ISBN 978-4-7769-1124-1

濃艶な縄人形 (2014 Aug)
ISBN 978-4-7769-1199-9

恥辱の館 (2015 Jan)
ISBN 978-4-7769-1271-2

Publisher: Sanwa

See an earlier post here about a publication in the same series:
https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/osada-steve-and-naka-akira-縄の檻-nawa-no-ori-the-rope-cage/