(May 15, 2009)
I received Master "K"'s book a few days ago.
I read the surprisingly long articles with a small dictionary in one hand.
What a comprehensive work! I was impressed by the detailed study he has done. I must add that the accuracy of the contents is noteworthy.
It was an unexpected surprise and delight to read about my own personal history, written by an American.
I was moved in the same way as when I read The Chrysanthemum and the Sword (a famous Japanese work on Samurai sexual culture).
Like the secret world of the Samurai, the world of Shibari is often at odds with authority and therefore people's strong interest in this marginal culture flows underground. Hence, it has not been systematically studied... up until now!
I'd like to talk with Master "K" about all of this in person some day.