Signs of Shame: Understanding Japanese Bondage Images

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If you watch Japanese bondage videos, or have ever flipped through old Japanese SM magazines such as Kitan Club or Sun and Moon, you've...

Video Series: Kawakami Yuu (SM Sniper)

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SM Sniper has released a series of four videos all featuring model Kawakami Yuu tied by top Japanese rope masters, inlcuding Akira Naka, Yukimura...
Yoji Muku: Part 1-Introduction Kinbaku Today 2

Yoji Muku: Part 1-Introduction

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An introduction to one of Japan's greatest SM artists.
The evocative power of Hashira Shibari Kinbaku Today 2

The evocative power of Hashira Shibari

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Red Sabbath explore the power of hashira shibari

Sugiura Norio: Celebrating 45 Years in Bondage Photography

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Sugiura Norio recently marked his nearly half-century in bondage photography with a large-scale retrospective in Tokyo and publication of a deluxe book of his...

Kinbaku – An Evolving Era – Part 3

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KINBAKU TODAY CHRISTMAS DEBATE This is the final part of the virtual discussion between Ugo san of SMpedia, Marc BeShibari and Sin. I’d like to...

Kinbaku Vocabulary 101: Sitting Positions in Japanese

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If you are taking lessons in Japan or working with a Japanese model, it can be very helpful to know the Japanese words for...

So You Are New To Shibari? How To Get Started

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Over the past few years the interest in Japanese erotic rope bondage has exploded. Whether you call it shibari or kinbaku or just...

The Floor and the Darkness

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Recently I had the chance to go through a workshop completely dedicated only to floorwork and partials. I am used to doing Kinbaku classes...

Model Spotlight: Kawakami Yuu (川上ゆう)

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Kawakami Yuu, born March 3, 1982, is one of Japan's best known and most prolific kinbaku models and video stars.  Originally performing as Morino Shizuku (debuting...

Yukimura Ryū (雪村流)

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雪村流 Ryū. A noun used as a suffix to mean a fashion, a way, a style, manner, or an individual's school of thought. Sin: Meeting Haruki...

The Joy of Sarugutsuwa: An Appreciation of Traditional Japanese Gags

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Some ten or fifteen years ago, Tokyo-based writer and translator Alice Liddell spent an evening with an elderly but still spry aficionado of Japanese...