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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.
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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).
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.
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).
From the Sadistic Sister - Masochistic Girlfriend SM guide (2013)
From the Really Right Sex SM guide (2012)
From the You Are Mine SM guide (2009)
From Go Arisue's Kinbaku Book of Five Rings vol.1
From Akira Naka's How to DVD
From Haruki Yukimura's Petit Rope Course
Cover of Sanada's Intro to Learning Kinbaku series
From Hiroshi Urado's You Can Play S&M (1972)
From "Applying rings with vinyl cord" article. Kitan Club (1953)
From Ambient M (2000)
From "Spots of kinbaku feeling caused by straw rope" article. Kitan Club (1953)
Kaoru Roppongi's "How to tie classroom" article. (1977)
From Seiko Fujita's Illustrated Art of Rope Capture
Illustration from 300-ri Behind Enemy Lines (1931)
Rumi Kasuga. Kitan Club (1954)
Photo from "Take the Lady's Hands" Uramado (1959)
The Kinbakunomicon is a monthly podcast. Episodes will explore various topics in kinbaku with translations of articles and stories, as well as book and film reviews, and whetever else cacthes my interest.
The podcast is available here and on iTunes, and better ways to provide feedback and join in on discussing kinbaku here are in the works and will appear as soon as I can finish them.
Thank you for listening!