A Time to Reflect

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In our current global crisis, we need stimulus to get us thinking; alternative thoughts to help us stay positive. Our world is changing with...

The Evolution of Rope

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I have been reading and researching a lot about the "early days" of rope in Japan. In the post-war period, it seems like...

The “Elitism” of Japanese Rope

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I started tying in 2006 or 2007. I can't really remember, exactly. But what I do remember was that when I started...

Rope and Trust

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It seems like every time I go to Tokyo a theme emerges from the trip. This time the theme is trust. With any kind of...

Cultural, Cult and Culture

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A common error is thinking we know the character of the next person, let alone generalising on the collective psyche of strangers across the...

Quelle Surprise or “I Tie and I Know Things”

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For the past decade, I have been warning people of the problems and limitations of focusing kinbaku so intensely on technique, without thinking about the heart of it. The focus has been, almost exclusively, on the how to tie, rather than the why we tie. And by why, I don't mean "why we use a munter hutch here, rather than there." I mean motivation. I mean passion. I mean desire. I mean fantasy. I mean heart.

Eros and Thanatos

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I first wrote the following text in Italian. It was printed on a leaflet handed over to the audience before a kinbaku performance in...

The Worst Rope Bottom Ever

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Unpartnered. Injured. Strung out and a bit depressed. A few pounds heavier and several yoga sessions missed. The last month of getting my latest...

Why the Style and Patterns Do Not Matter in Kinbaku

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Surely kinbaku is getting more and more attention recently. It is getting little bit mainstream and popular, with shows, art galleries and even couple...

5 More Benefits of Rope Bondage — Whether You’re Kinky or Not

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Longing to be bound to the bedpost blindfolded? Or maybe being tied naked to a tree is more your cup of tea. If visions...

Rope: Community and Culture

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During my recent trip to Japan, I was struck by a recurring theme.  In four separate conversations with some of the older rope artists...

Rope and Kindness

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Sometimes the impetus for reflection comes from the most unlikely places.  A few years ago, I bought a woodblock print by Toshikata titled "Yamanouchi Kazutoyo's...