Yukimura Haruki: Shibari one, two, three (1998)

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This carton-box contains three small photo-books in black and white. Master K, in his ”The Beauty of Kinbaku” calls them ”exquisite art photography books”, and mentions them on a short list of four outstanding photo-books as ”particularly impressive examples” (p. 50), later describing them as ”shibari/kinbaku photo art books (…) that rival in quality anything in the field” (p. 75). They were published by Yukimura himself through his – then active – company ”Sunset Video”.

ONE Model: Mai Masaki, Photo: Katumi Oka
TWO Model: Satuki Inoue, Photo: Keisuke Higure
THREE Model: Nijiko Tanaka, Photo: Tatsumi Watanabe

No ISBN.

Miyabi Kyodo: ”Gorgeous book of paintings” (2002)

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Miyabi Kyodo: ”Gorgeous book of paintings” (2002)

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Miyabi Kyodo: ”Gorgeous book of paintings”
鏡堂みやび豪華画集

A green slipcase with a hardbound book, the first one from Sanwa collecting the work of the artist Miyabi Kyodo.

Among its many strong images, the book also contains a homage to Miyabi Kyodos friend and mentor, Kita Reiko (AKA Minomura Kou), in the form of a ”repainting” of one of his works. The scan above is from the book, but generously provided by the artist himself in private communication.

I noted the difference in the text written on the two images, and wrote to the artist to ask about the meaning. He replied (English slightly emended):

”On the original painting by Kita Reiko, it is written: ”Daikan [the local sheriff] will take his time to make fun of Hizakura Oryu [a scarlet  cherry blossom], and let everyone observe her carefully as he pleases.” The text in the ’re-painted’ picture is: ”This woman, named Hizakura Oryu, is a dice dealer. This bitch damaged the house by cheating the addicted gamblers. Anyone who suffered a loss may bully this brazen hussy.” And the text with Chinese characters in the upper right corner reads: ”In June 1999, Kyodo Miyabi respectfully re-painted the original by master Kita Reiko /Signature and seal/.””

Very rare, an edition limited to 150 copies.
Publisher: Sanwa, 2002

See also an earlier post on this blog, about Miyabi Kyodos most recent work:
https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/miyabi-kyodo/

”A Trip to Bondage in Japan” (1997)

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”A Trip to Bondage in Japan” (1997)

This large format hardbound book feautures photography by Kenichi Tanaka, who also took the pictures for Akechi Denkis beautiful ”Pleasure and a Little Pain”. I dont know who did the rope here (not Akechi Denki for sure). Mainly outdoor scenes, both black&white and colour.

See also: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/akechi-denki-pleasure-and-a-little-pain/

Rope: ?
Photography: Kenichi Tanaka
Publisher: Japan Mix, 1997
ISBN: 13- 978-4883213443

Yukimura Haruki: ”Asereta cho, SM Photos” (2001) and ”Bond Photobook” 1–3 (2002)

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Yukimura Haruki: ”Asereta cho, SM Photos” (2001) and ”Bond Photobook” 1–3 (2002)

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Yukimura Haruki: ”Asereta cho, SM Photos” (2001) and ”Bond Photobook” 1–3 (2002)

These four books, all from the same publisher, have somewhat the same aesthetics. Most of the pictures are without rope, and are at times ”Damsel in distress”-scenarios.
Rope is by Yukimura Haruki, and according to Zetsu, at least the Bond-books were shot while Yukimura was visiting Los Angeles (see http://www.ainawa.com/shop/books/bond-2/)

Rope: Yukimura Haruki
Photograpy: Fujisaki Ayaka

”Asereta cho, SM Photos” (2001): ISBN: 13- 978-4813008705
”Bond 1” (2002), Model: Yu Kinoshita: ISBN: 4-8130-0083-5
”Bond 2” (2002), Model: Nao Eguchi, ISBN: 4-8130-0084-3
”Bond 3” (2002), Model: Emie Yokoyama, ISBN: 4-8130-0085-1

Nawa Yumio: ”Jitte Torinawa No Kenkyuu” (1964), and the dvd:s ”Onna Hankacho” I and II

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Nawa Yumio: ”Jitte Torinawa No Kenkyuu” (1964), and the dvd:s ”Onna Hankacho” I & II

Nawa Yumio: 十手捕縄の研究
”Jitte Torinawa No Kenkyuu” (1964)

This ”Study of the constables use of truncheon and rope” is mainly a textbook, with a few images, unfortunately (for the interests of this blog), mainly of truncheons… The very few images of hojo-rope, I have reproduced here.

Nawa Yumio, famous for his historically oriented books and articles documenting hojojutsu as well as Edo-era forms of punishment and torture, also wrote the script for two dramatic films on this theme: ”Onna Hankacho I–II, Edo gomon keibatsu” (1998), directed by Masaru Tsushima, with lots of content relevant for anyone interested in ”semenawa”.

おんな犯科帳~江戸拷問刑罰抄
Onna Hankacho ~ Edo gomon keibatsu
(Torture and Punishment in Edo, 1998)
ASIN: B00005F5W1

おんな犯科帳~江戸拷問刑罰抄
Onna Hankacho 2 ~ Edo gomon keibatsu
(Torture and Punishment in Edo, 1998)
ASIN: B00005F5W2

Four Japanese Hojojutsu-books

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Four Japanese Hojojutsu-books

Four Japanese Hojojutsu-books

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Fujita Seiko: ”Zukai Hojojutsu” (1964)
図解捕縄術
ISBN 978-4-8390-0297-8
This is without doubt the greatest and most important of the Hojojutsu-books. A hardbound red book in a yellow carton slipcase, 327 pages with beautiful images, cataloging all the different hojojutsu ties from the different schools. This is NOT a how-to book with step-by-step rendering. In a peculiar and to my mind very beautiful way, the ties are sometimes depicted with a person being tied, and next to it only the pattern of the rope, floating in the air.

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Mizukosho Hiro: ”Shashin de oboeru Hojojutsu” (2005)
写真で覚える捕縄術
ISBN 978-4-7502-0282-2
This in contrast IS a how-to book, showing a number of hojojutsu ties in pictures step by step.
There is a newer edition, with a little bit better black-and-white separation of the images, but the newer edition is shorter, lacking almost 60 pages with many ties. The new edition (2013) has ISBN 978-4-7502-0331-7

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Kazuhiko Itatsu: ”Yoriki, doshin, jitte torinawa” (1992)
与力・同心・十手捕縄
ISBN: 4-404-01942-4
This is mainly a textbook with historical research, but has 60 small, albeit high quality, images, with modern recreations of hojojutsu ties.

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一達流捕縄術
ISBN 978-4-9905829-0-6
This is a comprehensive description in text of how to tie some of the main hojojutsu ties, in Japanese and in (well… some kind of) English (see sample page). Each tie is showed on a doll, only in its finished state and only from one side (not step by step). The last pages show images taken by the researcher Nawa Yumio, of old dolls that was once used for hojojutsu-practice.

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.

Roppongi Kaoru: Objets du désir (1984)

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Roppongi Kaoru: Objets du désir (1984)

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Master ”K” writes on his blog about the collaboration between the photographer Akira Ishigaki and the bakushi Roppongi Kaoru, resulting in the book ”Strange Fruits”:

”‘Strange Fruit’ was released in a limited, ‘deluxe’ edition in 1982 to only modest success in Japan. However, it did get Ishigaki (and by extension the kinbaku of Roppongi) an exhibition in 1983 at the East Bridge Gallery in New York City which then resulted in a small selection of Ishigaki’s kinbaku images being printed in the March, 1984 issue of the prestigious French photography magazine ‘Photo’, thus making the works of photographer Ishigaki and bakushi Roppongi Kaoru some of the first true Japanese kinbaku images ever presented in a Western general audience magazine.” (http://www.thebeautyofkinbaku.com/kinbakuandartchap1.html )

Rope: Roppongi Kaoru
Photo: Akira Ishigaki
French magazine ”Photo”, no 198, March 1984, p. 86–95
(Only a few of these images were published in the book ”Strange Fruits”.)