The next section is reflective of his first book filled with large color images of his personal bondage works; many historic and classic Kinbaku / Shibari forms for us to enjoy, capturing the energy of this breathtaking Japanese art form. Readers will certainly find this center section of some 100 pages a most exciting and enjoyable part of the book.
Then the author provides an excellent glossary of terms to help the truly dedicated student of the art further understand linguistically what they may be seeing and reading in this volume or around the web as they explore.
Finally Master "K" offers a brief "how to" section. After some safety admonitions, he shares with us excellent tutorials of three classic forms. the Takate-kote, the Agura, and the Hishi. Comprising only 8 pages we are left wanting more. Perhaps the only criticism I have is that the images in this section were small and in black and white; difficult in some ways to follow.
This section is followed by an extensive bibliography.
In short, if you are looking for a tutorial lesson book this is not it; but if you are a history or visual arts lover like me, you will devour this book. It is monumental in this respect, as it is the 1st published work in English to give us such a rich understanding of the history of bondage in Japan.
Master "K" subtitled this book: "Everything you ever wanted to know about Japanese erotic bondage when suddenly realized you didn’t speak Japanese”. With that I think kudos need be given to him and his several excellent translators for their fine work. One that I happen to know is Faviola Liervu, a lovely lady I first met in 2005 at Shibaricon and was gracious enough to share in Chado (Japanese Tea Ceremony) demonstration with me. Master "K" you are a blessed soul to have her assistance in this great project.
Well done my friend.
The Beauty of Kinbaku is a hard bound coffee table styled book with 192 pages. Images are mostly in color and some black and white. Some may find it a bit pricey and out of their budget at $89.99 plus shipping and handling, but if at all possible find the funds to acquire this edition, you will not be sorry.
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