For a long time, I've wanted a place to collect all of the translations and writings I've posted on other sites. Now I have one!
This is also a site where I can upload random notes about things I find (books, images, quotes) that could be fun to share but might not be big enough to pursue as a full article.
I'm still gathering old translations, so I'll be adding them as I get time. But I've already included two or three translations I haven't shared anywhere else yet to get things started.
The URL is www.kinbakunomicon.com. (The same URL for this blog, which can now be accessed through the site.)
I hope you like it!
Here are a few pictures Nawashi Kanna and Kagura kindly let me post here to share with you:
Music by Buffalo Daughter.
Here are the two words from the episode that anyone could try on their online dictionaries:
Music by Dolce Triade and Fats Domino
Music by Dolce Triade.
Thanks to OkieNawa for letting me use a photo of his awesome tying in the video.
Video is below, and an audio note for episode 13 and for Season 2 is just below that.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has put another rope bondage netsuke on display in their netsuke collection.
This carving is by Shotaro Nishino, and it features the characters Oiwa and Kohei from the ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. This is from the scene where Oiwa and Kohei’s bodies are tied to a door and tossed into the river.
Here are two photos I took of it last week. A better image is on the LACMA site HERE.
Below are a few other images of the same scene that have appeared in story books and prints.
Oiwa’s story is mentioned in Episode 10 (Little House on the Moor).
Podcast can be found below
Music by Buffalo Daughter and Johnny Cash.
Sound clip from Army of Darkness.
While following up on the Yaoya Oshichi story (briefly mentioned in Episode 6), I came across a few videos of peep show devices featuring Oshichi.
This video is of a public exhibition at the Yokohama History Museum. It shows Oshichi tied on a horse and tied before the magistrate.
This video is at the Kamata Festival and shows pictures of Oshichi tied on a horse and tied during her execution.
The peep show in this video is titled “The Fate of the Unfaithful.” There’s an image of a rope capture 3/4 into the video.
Music by Buffalo Daughter and L'Orchestra Numerique
Audio episode can be found below.
Warning: This episode contains depictions of graphic violence.
Quotes for the Tokyo Christian persecution in 1623 are from “The Great Martyrdom in Edo 1623” by Hubert Cieslik.
Music by Buffalo Daughter and Plastilina Mosh
Ginko Adachi (1878) and an illustration from
“Early Japanese Christian Persecution Collection.” Kitan Club (1952)
From “Tormented Skin.” Fuzoku Soshi (1953)
Hojojutsu Picture Collection. Fuzoku Kitan (1960) and Female Detective Diaries (1974)
Part 2 continues the theme of suspensions.
Readings by Feenix and Gray Miller Creative, LLC.
Music by Buffalo Daughter and Janelle Monae
A few images from the articles read this month:
Left: From “Selected Suspension Torments.” Fuzoku Soshi (1954)
Right: From “Suspension Research.” Fuzoku Soshi (1954)
From “An Account of Suspension Torment Mistakes.” Fuzoku Kitan May 1961
From “Yukiko Rika Suspension Torment Special Photo Collection.” Kitan Club Feb. 1963
Left: From “Suspension Torment.” (1960)
Right: From “Upside Down Open Leg Pole Suspension.” Masato Marai’s Advanced Kinbaku Arts 2. (2010)
Hajime Kinoko on Bazooka TV Link
Here are a few images talked about in this month's podcast.
Start of “Ushiro Takatekote Shibari (simple)” from Mai Randa’s Complete Kinbaku Manual.
Completed front view
“Gote Shibari” from Chiaki Kanou’s SM Kinbaku Course.
“Kyoubu Kinbaku” (Chest/Breast Bondage) showing rope added to the gote shibari.
From "Introduction to Foreign Literature." Kitan Club 1955.
From illustration in a 1814 telling of the Eight Dog Chronicle.
Closeup of Goemon Ishikawa (1851)
From the Pictorial Book on the Penal Affaris of the Tokugawa Government (1893)
SM Kitan illustration
1963 illustration of Yaoya Oshichi by Ichimu Obinata.
I mispronounced Oshichi as Onana in the podcast.
Takatekote photo from Beautifully Bound (1953)
Two photos from "Reflections on Kinbaku Beauty Through the Gote and Takatekote." (1953)
Photo from "Practical Bondage Photography: An Example of the Takatekote Shibari" (1961)
Front and back photos from "Chimuo Nureki's How to Tie Classroom - One Rope Takatekote." (1985)
Front and Back photos of the takatekote shibari from Go Arisue's Book of Five Rings for Rope Arts. (2005)
Example of a straight-legged ebi shibari (top photo) (1955)
In episode 5, I said I would put up a few pre-modern illustrations showing what might be doubled rope. Check them out and let me know if you think the rope is doubled.
Closeup from a 1887 storybook.
Illustration from a 1882 storybook.
Closeup from a 1786 children’s picture book.
Closeup from a theater season program (undated).