Kinoko Hajime: Nawa-Ato  縄痕 (Rope Marks)

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Kinoko Hajime: Nawa-Ato  縄痕 (Rope Marks)

This book was made for a photo-exhibition Kinoko held in Tokyo in March 2018.

The photos have been taken the last five years.

The topic is ”rope marks”, understood as the traces of rope not only in the physical sense, but also emotionally.

Kinoko was kind enough to bring me a copy of the book to his recent workshop in Paris and sign it for me.

Rope and Photo: Kinoko Hajime

A4-size, 144 pages, good quality paper.

Publisher: エムアップ, 2018

ISBN: 978-4-908984-09-9

The historically interested readers of the blog may want to check out an earlier post about a book with a somewhat similar idea, twenty years ago:

https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/dirty-kudo-ropemarks-残縄画報-1998/

 

 

Kinoko Hajime: 花札緊縛美人―写真集 (2017)

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Kinoko Hajime 花札緊縛美人―写真集 (2017)

Pine (January), Plum (February). Cherry Blossoms (March)… in Kinokos new photo-book, there is a deep resonance with older traditions of Japanese art. Twelve months, twelve plants, twelve models – tied and photographed by Kinoko, sometimes complemented with illustrations by the manga-artist Shintarou Kago. I love some of the details, as for example the tenugui wrapped around the branches of the tree, not to hurt it when using it for suspension…

Rope and photo: Kinoko Hajime

Illustrations: 駕籠 真太郎

Publisher: Sanwa Mook, 2017

ISBN: 978-4-7769-1669-7

PS Among the many references to art-books structured by the twelve months, this is one perhaps worth mentioning: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/itoh-seiu-twelve-months-of-punishments/

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

Nao Nagasawa, Hajime Kinoko and Norio Sugiura: 極私的緊縛野史 nao

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Nao Nagasawa, Hajime Kinoko and Norio Sugiura: 極私的緊縛野史 nao

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This beautiful publication is a collaboration between master photographer Sugiura Norio (born 1942), the outstanding model Nao Nagasawa (born 1967), and multitalented nawashi Kinoko Hajime (born 1977).

In addition to the B5-size booklet with high quality photos, it contains a full DVD where you can see the interaction of the whole team (including Hourai Kasumi). The first 50 copies comes with an additional ”behind the scenes” DVD with comments.

See also an earlier post here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/hourai-kasumi-naka-akira-sugiura-norio-極私的緊縛野史-蓬莱かすみ/ 

 

 

 

 

S&M Sniper Spring 2016: Naka, Yukimura, Kinoko, Kai and Marai tying Kawakami Yuu

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S&M Sniper Spring 2016: Naka, Yukimura, Kinoko, Kai and Marai tying Kawakami Yuu

The magazine S&Mスナイパー has been around, in different forms, since 1979. It ceased publication in 2009, returning for a while as ”Web Sniper”, a site still worth visiting (it also has a search-funtion): http://sniper.jp

This spring, the magazine was resurrected in printed form, with the nawashi Marai Masato as its editor. The first issue is focussed on the famous model Kawakami Yuu, mainly containing images from a recent series of DVDs (also released by SM-Sniper). It is really a high quality collection, showing the same person being tied in the different styles of Naka Akira, Yukimura Haruki, Kinoko Hajime, Kai and Marai Masato. The issue comes with an accompanying DVD, with shorter clips from this series.

So, while the issue might be viewed as mainly a ”re-packaging” of material already released it would be equally true to say that it is an antology of the most interesting kinbaku-material handled by the publisher SM Sniper.

The DVD ends with a comprehensive list of movies with Kawakami Yuu that is so long, it leaves me in shock – literally hundreds of titles.

Again, I try to keep printed material as the focus of the blog, but at times I sneak some information in about DVDs in my collection, as they are related to the book or magazine in question.

Naka Akira x Yuu Kawakami: Kinbaku 1: 川上ゆう×奈加あきら~緊縛~1 (TNH-03)

Yukimura Haruki x Yuu Kawakami: Kinbaku 2: 川上ゆうx雪村春樹 ~緊縛~2 (TNH-04)

Kinoko Hajime x Yuu Kawakami: Kinbaku 3: 川上ゆう×一鬼のこ~緊縛~3 (TNH-05)

Kai x Yuu Kawakami: Kinbaku 4: 川上ゆう×魁~緊縛~4 (TNH-06)

Marai Masato x Yuu Kawakami: Kinbaku 7: 川上ゆう×麻来雅人~ 緊縛~7 (TNH-10)

(The DVDs number 5 and 6 features Naka tying two other models, so I don’t include them in this post focussed on the Yuu Kawakami-issue of S&M Sniper. )