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...

On Not Teaching Rope

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Last week, I made the mistake of logging onto Fetlife and reading some rope posts. I really should know better. I came across a...

On the Cultural Differences of Kinbaku in Different Countries

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No matter where you live today, the rapidly growing information sharing streams have helped our communities discover, grow and evolve. Whereas just two decades ago...

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...

When does the sex start? – A personal approach regarding sexuality in rope bondage

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Disclaimer: This writing was inspired by a recent discussion on RopeTube and the article: https://www.kinbakutoday.com/why-eros-matters-keeping-shibari-dirty/ . It contains my own personal thoughts and doesn’t...

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 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...
My Vision of Kinbaku Kinbaku Today

My Vision of Kinbaku

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In Shibari the emphasis is not placed on the binding itself, but on how the rope is placed from the Rigger (in japanese kinbakushi), so as to become an extension of his hands, and on the relationship of intimacy so created.

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...

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...

Kinbaku in Context: Reading Nureki’s Kinbiken

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When Akira Naka tells the story of how he learned rope, he begins with the story of Kinbiken, Nureki Chimuo's monthly rope salon in...
Learning Kinbaku East and West Kinbaku Today 2

Learning Kinbaku East and West

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While he was visiting Los Angeles, I had a very long discussion with Akira Naka about how he learned kinbaku. I have been very lucky...