The Kinbakunomicon

Your audio guide to the world of kinbaku. This podcast covers the history, evolution, stories and ideas related to Japanese bondage. The primary focus is on SM in Japan and will range to bondage in fiction, film, theater, sociology, criminology and other subjects. Contains adult language and content.
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Mar 27, 2018

This episode is a review of Christian Russo's Hojojutsu (2016)

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Additional narration by Bacon Andrew

Oct 18, 2017

Music by Dolce Triade, Interpol, and Cirque Du Soleil

Here are a few images and links to things referred to in “A Pictorial Record of Strange Punishments for Events of the Twelve Months.”


Carp streamers


Daisen waterfall [link]


Enshū Katsumi irises


Doll made by Gohē Nezumiya some time before 1826


Chrysanthemum dolls


Two prints of Tamagiku


A lamp from the ghost story “The Peony Lamp.”


Rooster Day fairs [link]


An example of the bunkinshimada hairstyle

Dec 23, 2016

Music by Dolce Triade.


Images From Zukai Hojojutsu, Shinden Fudo Ryu Hojojutsu, Kanmuri Bujinkan Dojo Hojojutsu, “Behold My Swarthy Face” blog, Mangajin Issue #1, Ghost in the Shell,, Katsukawa Shunshō, Masami Teraoka, Katsushika Hokusai, Hiroshi Hirakawa、Draw Doo, Map of the Square and Stationary Earth, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Faviola Llervu.

Dec 2, 2016

Hi Everyone!


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 (The same URL for this blog, which can now be accessed through the site.)


I hope you like it!



Jun 20, 2016

Here are a few pictures Nawashi Kanna and Kagura kindly let me post here to share with you:





Music by Buffalo Daughter.

May 21, 2016

Here are the two words from the episode that anyone could try on their online dictionaries:


羞恥 (shame)


恥ずかしい (embarrassing)


Music by Dolce Triade and Fats Domino

Apr 20, 2016

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.


Jan 21, 2016

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).

Dec 29, 2015

Podcast can be found below

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Johnny Cash.

Sound clip from Army of Darkness.

Dec 9, 2015

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.



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