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...

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...

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...
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
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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...