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

Sanada Nobuyuki (Ed.): 日本緊縛師列伝 (Nihon kinbakushi retsuden) (2000)

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日本緊縛師列伝 (Nihon kinbakushi retsuden)

This book, edited by Sanada Nobuyuki, I found particularly interesting. It presents eight Japanese bakushi with a section of colour images of their work, and interviews: Nureki Chimuo, Akechi Denki, Shima Shikou, Hige, Marai Masato, Naka Akira, Randa Mai and Sayaka.

In addition, it has a few historical sections with black-and-white images by Itoh Seiu… and a couple of pages with images of Osada Eikichi at the Bondage bar in Shinjuku – probably taken at the same time as the images printed in the magazine in my previous blog-post (here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/osada-eikichi-in-m女マニアcollector-1999/ )

ISBN 4-88356-767-2

Publisher: 三和ムック(Sanwa Mook), 2000

お楽しみグラフ: Special issue on Itoh Seiu (1961)

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お楽しみグラフ: Special issue on Itoh Seiu (1961)

Magazine with some text, but mainly images: many fold-outs, some in full colour, some in black and white + one-colour. A mixture of wood-cuts, photos and ink-sketches. Approximately one third of the material is by Itoh Seiu – the rest I guess is stuff that inspired Seiu or was inspired by Seiu. Published the year of his death (1882–1961), it looks like a hommage.

Publisher: 季節風書店, 1961

Itoh Seiu: ”Die Bilder über die Strafe und abnormer Geschlechtstrieb” (1930)

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Itoh Seiu: ”Die Bilder über die Strafe und abnormer Geschlechtstrieb” (Pictures of punishment and abnormal sexual drive)
Japanese title: 世界の刑罰・性犯・変態の研究
The book contains 296 numbered images, divided in different sections. Each section has a commentary text.
Original edition 1930, this is a reprint from 1977.

This thick, hardbound volume comes in a silver-printed slipcase. It contains what in my perception is a quite heterogeneous collection of images of punishment, torture and execution, from different epochs and geographical locations. Thus, about half of the material is European (for example the execution of Damiens, unforgettable for anyone who has read the first pages of Foucault’s ”Discipline and Punish”). Most relevant for this blog, the book contains many historical images of hojojutsu, and the last section has several images by Itoh Seiu – including some photographs of tying in a snowy landscape. The section ends with a commentary-text by Itoh Seiu on kinbaku and seme/cruelty in theatre and in crime.