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...
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.

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...

Why Eros Matters: Keeping Shibari Dirty

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There is probably no greater debate in rope circles today then the question of whether or not shibari is "sexual." Whether you suggest...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Stop the Gossiping and Griping!

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“Did you hear that so-and-so injured someone last week?” “I won’t tie with that person. I heard they’re a rapist.” “So I heard that so-and-so got...
For Beauty and Effect: Tying the Gote Kinbaku Today 1

For Beauty and Effect: Tying the Gote

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the takate kote
One Way into Kinbaku Kinbaku Today 2

One Way into Kinbaku

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Docvale's journey into kinbaku.