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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Sep 28, 2018

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Ottawan.




At 9min45sec, the ropes in the photo start at the wrists and go up and around the neck. I say that it’s difficult to see the ropes going over the shoulders just to highlight the upward direction of the ropes.


At 12min42sec, I translated “Female prisoner’s” body is tied” as “She is tied.”

Jun 23, 2018

Special narration by NyaDom, Truth and Anonymous.


Music by Buffalo Daughter and Offspring.

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.

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.


Dec 29, 2015

Podcast can be found below

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Johnny Cash.

Sound clip from Army of Darkness.

Nov 20, 2015


Mai Randa's website:

TokyoBound interview with Randa.


The voice of Randa is Paul of Paraphilia Toys.


Music by Buffalo Daughter and Timbuk3.

Oct 20, 2015

Music by Buffalo Daughter and L'Orchestra Numerique



Sep 21, 2015

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)

Aug 20, 2015

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


Jul 21, 2015

Here is the link to the original S&M Sniper article posted by Osada Steve on TokyoBound:


Eikichi Osada Special Report


Denki Akechi's website:

Jun 20, 2015

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)

Apr 22, 2015

Here are links to Web Sniper and to two Hajime Kinoko photo sets on the site.


Web Sniper


Hajime Kinoko FLASH Kinbaku Gravure - Dignity and Noise


Hajime Kinoko Rope Artwork

Apr 22, 2015

Nureki's Private Talks Blog is down, but since Nureki mentioned his Chat Theater blog in this month's reading, I'll post the link.

Chat Theater Blog

Apr 21, 2015

Akechi by Yoshiki Saitoh

A small gallery of pictures from this book is available on Denki Akechi's website ( Click the arrow at the bottom of the page next to the "01/09."

Mar 20, 2015

Here are a few images and links mentioned in the podcast.


Osaka Full Color News (1875)

 Osaka Full Color News (1875)



Pictorial Book on the Penal Affairs of the Tokugawa Government. (1893)

Pictorial Book on the Penal Affairs of the Tokugawa Government. (1893)


Link to Meiji University online presentation of the Pictorial Book on Penal Affairs:   




Image from “Moral Lessons Through Pictures of Good and Evil” (1880). I said 1875 in the podcast. I apologize. The date of this print should be 1880.

 Image from “Moral Lessons Through Pictures of Good and Evil” (1880).


I said 1875 in the podcast. I apologize. The date of this print should be 1880.



“Prawn Torment” in Big Secret Book of Punishments (1836)

“Prawn Torment” in Big Secret Book of Punishments (1836)



“Suspension Torment” in Big Secret Book of Punishments (1836)

 “Suspension Torment” in Big Secret Book of Punishments (1836)


Links to bondage in shunga (pornographic pictures) on

This page seems not to like links with kanji in them, so if the link doesn't work for you, you can view the less happy faced images by cutting the kanji at the end of the links below and pasting them into the search field on the lower-left side of the SMPedia page.


Shunsho Katsukawa勝川春章


Kuniteru Utagawa:歌川国輝


Kuniyoshi Utagawa:歌川国芳

Feb 20, 2015

This month’s featured article, “Snow Torment Photo Journal,” is translated from Seiu Itou’s Photo Album: Seme-e Women (cover shown above).


Super special thanks to Gray Miller Creative LLC, Bacon Andrew, and BDT for their fantastic readings!