Muku, Maeda, Oki and Kasama: 愛縄物語 (Ai-nawa Stories)

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Ai-nawa Stories: 愛縄物語            

This softcover book, printed on rather cheap paper, collects the work of four artists under the headline ”Eros Painters of the Showa Age”: Muku Youji, Maeda Juan, Oki Shoji and Kasama Shiro. In addition to some classic Muku-drawings, you also get some of his cartoons / manga. Each artist is also presented with a short biography and a portrait.

ISBN-13: 978-4434076688

Publisher: マガジン・ファイブ, 2006

Muku Youji’s images turned into figurines

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Muku Youji’s images turned into figurines

These eight plastic ”Ero-pon” figurines recreate some of Muku Youji’s images in another medium. The come also with small plastic bags of minutely detailed accessories from the images, such as a pair of taken-off panties or a rubber tube for enema-play. These are some of the weirdest kinbaku-paraphernalia in my collection.

See an earlier post on Itoh Seiu in the same series here:

https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/itoh-seiu-as-a-figurine/

See also my earlier posts about Muku:

https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/?s=muku&submit=Sök

Donation from Osada Steve

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Donation from Osada Steve

In the Fall of 2014, I received a letter from Osada Steve, in which he generously offered me a donation of Kinbaku-material.

He wrote: ”You have an amazing collection (…) I am in the process of cleaning up my office and keep digging up stuff that I didn’t know I had. (…) They are too good to disappear in the abyss, so I’m trying to find a good home for them. I also keep running into back issues of my little FetishJapan mag. I think if you have the complete collection they will be in much better hands than being scattered around here. If you like, I will keep sending these to you as they come up (…) Most of the ”books” are run-off-the-mill kinbaku porn that I have assembled over the past 30+ years, but there is a gem here and there that will complement your serious collection – I hope. (…) It is great that you collect, archive and share – it is a great service to the community. Please feel free to use any way you wish. I fully trust your judgment. (…) I hope there is something of value in it for your research endeavors.”

In the end, the donation was even greater than my expectations: Three large boxes full of books, magazines, movies on VHS and DVD, the FetishJapan mag, flyers – and more. All in all 45 kg of material.

My plan is to approach this material piecemeal, making individual posts for the different publications, marking them ”OS” to show their provenance. On the blog, I have so far only posted about printed material, excluding the DVDs etc in my collection. I will probably make some exceptions from this general principle when I begin present the material from these boxes the next few weeks.

For now, just let me say: Thank you Steve-san

Itoh Seiu: Five original sketches

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Itoh Seiu: Five original sketches

Itoh Seiu is perhaps the most important figure in the history of Kinbaku. Very seldom, you see original works by him for sale. I was happy to find these five original sketches by his hand on a recent auction i Japan. Not his greatest work perhaps, but the hair, the hands, the gags, the facial expressions… I am happy to have found them, and as I touch the thin paper I shiver a bit. I had to empty all my funds though…

See also some earlier posts about Itoh Seiu on Kinbaku Books: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/?s=itoh&submit=Sök

Call for donations

MukuYoujiCards1 Call for donations

Do you appreciate the blog Kinbaku Books? I have now made 125 blogposts, sharing, cataloguing and commenting Japanese material from the 1950s until today. The blog has been viewed 60.000 times with visitors from more than 90 countries.

This blog will keep on being a free resource – however, please consider the possibility of making a small symbolic donation. Every little helps, and this would be a good moment.

The easiest way is to create an account on http://www.paypal.com (if you dont have one already), and send the money using my e-mail:   bergamott@live.se

As a special treat, anyone donating will receive a small card with a printed kinbaku-illustration by Muku Youji. See my earlier post here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/muku-youji-cards/

See also a short article about Muku Youji by Zetsu on KinbakuToday: http://www.kinbakutoday.com/yoji-muku-part-1-introduction/

All the best, BB 

Two special issues of Kitan Club from 1959 and 1960

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Two special issues of Kitan Club from 1959 and 1960

A regular issue of Kitan Club contained more text than images. But a few times they did special ”limited edition” issues with images only – like these two from 1959 and 1960. The issue from 1959 also has a large section of illustrations. Both issues show hojojutsu ties – some also with neck-rope.

1. 奇譚クラブ 限定版特別号 Kitan Club Genteiban tokubetsu-gō (Limited edition, special issue) 緊縛写真グラフ集 (Kinbaku shashin gurafu-shū) Collection of kinbaku photos

Kitan Club, special issue from July 1960

2. 奇譚クラブ緊縛写真 緊縛画集 Kitan Club: Kinbaku syasin to Gasyu (kinbaku art photobook)

Kitan Club, special issue from August 1959

See also an earlier post: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/kinbaku-photo-arabesque-1959/

Four books with works by Asaji Muroi

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Four books with works by Asaji Muroi

This post is slightly off topic, as only a few of the images in these books involve rope. Most often the focus is on a kind of ”dog-play” with a dynamic of dominance and submission. But the powerful images of Asaji Muroi (born 1946) have over the decades been featured in publications like Kitan Club and S&M Sniper, and Kinbiken even included a video devoted to dog-play in their film-series.

The very large format book ”Les Bien Aimees d’Asaji Muroi” has an introduction written by Agnes Giard (printed in French as well as in English), and is printed on very thick, good quality paper. It was printed by Timeless in a limited edition of 300 copies. Not printed by a Japanese publisher, it is also one of few exeptions to be included on this blog anyway.

The smaller, blueish book is called 僕のイメージ画集, published by the SM Museum in 1993, as is the A4-size book 首輪をつけたビーナス (Venus wears a collar), from 1994.

The smallest book, 哀犬倶楽部 / SM 露出プレイ, is beautifully packaged in a slipcase with the English title ”Life with Woman Dog”. It is edited by Hideaki Nakada, and the photographer and bakushi Yasuji Watanabe (already know to readers of this blog), and comes with a postcard and a small poster in black and white print. Numbered edition – this is number 278 of a limited edition 1000. It is also the only one of the books that actually has an ISBN: 4-8130-0503-9. Publisher: Taiyo Tosho, 2004.

 

Fujita Shintaro: Pictorial book on penal affairs of the Tokugawa government (1893)

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Fujita Shintaro: 徳川幕府刑事圖譜 (Tokugawa bakufu keiji zufu)

This is a 1972 reprint of the classic book from 1893. It contains more than 50 large color images printed on glossy papper, in addition to 60 pages of text and sketches in black and white. In the colour-part, the first section shows crimes supposedly typical for the Tokugawa period (1603-1867). This is followed by scenes of arrest by samurai officials, often involving rope and hojo-jutsu patterns. The next section, which is the largest one, shows suspected criminals interrogated, tortured, punished, executed. Tortures are of four basic kinds: flogging, ishidaki (”pressing with stones”), ebi-zeme (”prawn-torture”) and tsuri-zeme (torture by suspension).

In the introduction to his excellent Punishment and Power in the Making of Modern Japan, Daniel V. Botsman describes how the series of images in this book ends with pictures of the more ”modern” Meji-era prisons and courts of justice. He also notes that the original edition had image captions as well as a preface in English. It goes something like this:

”Since a revolution of the first year of Meidi (1863) Japan had changed all the conditions of state, and is now at the wonderful Progress of civilization, so that it is administrated by the constitutional government. Long before the revolution Japan was governed by a Despotism of shoguns or Taikuns. The punishments of this time were very creul, so as indicated by this picturebook. No longer Japanese almost memory these creuleties, and therefore this has now become one of japanese history. The book is divided into three parts, each containing a blief explanation : 1. Commiting the crims, 2 old Punishments by shoguns, which are the plincipal subject of this work, 3 Justices of our time: On compariny these facts you will understand how Japan is presently changing and civilizating its state.”

Botsman expertly analyses the different political stakes involved in this publication, as a new era seeks legitimacy (also internationally) through its projection of the past. This is a topic to vast for my blog, but anyone interested should have a look at Botsmans book – I think there is a lot to learn also for a reflection on the political aspects of the imaginary involved in images of kinbaku, in Japan as well as abroad.

In my 1972 edition, I was puzzled not to find any English preface or captions. And at a closer scrutiny, also the last five images depicting modern times are missing. I have not been able to figure out why just yet. Fortunately, the original book is scanned in its entirety and presented here – even with english translation: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/museum/criminal/keijizufu/contents.html?mt=nm&hl=en

(The pictures lacking in my edition are numbers 56–60.)

Publisher: Shoshi kenkyukai misaki shobo (1972)

ASIN: B 000 J 9 JXJ 6

 

 

秘蔵版 風俗草紙 (1953)

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秘蔵版 風俗草紙 – Hizo-ban fuzoku soshi (1953)

In december 1953, the short-lived magazine 風俗草紙 (Fuzoku soshi) made a special ”treasured edition” (秘蔵版) in larger format, and 330 pages thick, opening with an 80-page better quality-paper rope-section with photos and illustrations by, among others Kita Reiko (aka Minomura Kou) who had just quit Kitan Club magazine.