Happy Birthday Kinbaku Today!

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Kinbaku Today is now 3 years old.  Since our launch, Kinbaku Today has been visited by more then 150,000 people who have looked at...

Sharing a Legacy: Sugiura Norio and Showa Era Kinbaku

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My personal interest in kinbaku began decades ago, downloading pictures on my computer before there was an Internet.  Every month or so, I would...

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...

Visiting Bakuyukai

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Dark glasses can only hide so much.  To see Miura Takumi from a distance can be a bit intimidating.  Watching him tie, doubly so....

Bakuyukai: The First Rope Dojo

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In 1996, Akechi Denki and Miura Takumi founded Bakuyukai for the purpose of studying and teaching kinbaku.  With Akechi Denki as the group's Founder...

大縄あそび Onawa asobi 2017 – Advanced Notice

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For those that require time to formulate travel plans, the annual 2-day kinbakushi event 大縄あそび Onawa asobi, hosted by Yoshida Yoi san will be...

Nureki, Kinbiken, and the Aesthetics of Kinbaku

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In working with Sunohara san, I have had an amazing opportunity to review 30 videos of Nureki Chimuo's kinbiken workshops from the 1980s and...

Tessin Doyama: On Kinbaku Safety

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*Please note : I am introducing the commonly used Japanese words “shibari - te” : person who ties) and “uke-te” : a person who...

Hojojutsu: Watatani Kiyoshi’s Zokuzoku Kobudō bunken-shū

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Published in 1975 as a guide the martial art of hojojutsu, this book contains a series of elaborate hojojutsu ties, as well as a...

Remembering Yukimura Haruki (May 11, 1948-March 3, 2016)

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I met Yukimura sensei in 2010.  It was a brief meeting and I was a bit starstruck.  I left his apartment in Ebisu that...

Learning from the Past: Showa Era Rope and the Future of Kinbaku

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Lately I have been reviewing a lot of older style rope, primarily focused on Nureki Chimuo's instructional videos from Fuji Planning.  I am really...

Sugiura Photoshoot with Osada Steve

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I was beyond eager to help with the photo shoot! I woke up before 07:00 and we were going to leave at 08:00. I...