So much has happened since last year’s London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage and here we are just a couple months away from this year’s event!

Before we introduce the Ichinawa-Kai and its members, who are performing at this year’s LFAJRB, I have a message from Kinoko:

Dear Friends,

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for your support for Japan following the earthquake and Tsunami. Please keep supporting Japan! Thank you.

Just over a year ago I was honored to be invited by Bruce (Esinem) to perform and teach at the 2010 London Festival.

I was and remain seriously impressed by the highly individual styles of other rope artists I have met in London, Europe and Australia. It continues to be a humbling experience.

It was for this reason I decided to arrange an international bondage event in Tokyo during winter called ‘Toubaku’ (meaning Winter Bondage). The main idea behind Toubaku is to provide an international exchange in Japan between rope lovers from all over the world.

This year we were honored to have Esinem and Nawashi Murakawa from London perform here in Tokyo. We also had many visitors from all over the world attend the event.

It seems only fitting to ensure each new event tops the last one, so this year I am bringing with me to London some of our finest rope artists from Japan, members of the Ichinawa-Kai. The whole purpose of the Ichinawa-Kai is to get together and share in fellowship the developing art of Kinbaku. We are all excited to meet new friends and learn from each other and look forward to seeing you all in September.

I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making the past year a huge success for the wider Shibari community. Ichinawa-Kai literally means the ‘One Rope’ gathering and is meant to signify that we are all together in fellowship through rope.

We invite you all to come and join us at the London Festival of the art of Japanese Rope Bondage.

If anyone is in Tokyo, we hold Ichinawa-Kai gatherings every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in Shibuya. We also offer classes for all levels on the first and third Sunday of each month.  TheIchinawa-Kai is open to everyone.

Thank you and see you in September!

Hajime Kinoko

 

Ichinawa-Kai, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

MEET THE “ICHINAWA KAI”

You could say that the Ichinawa-Kai is similar in many respects to the peer-rope projects that are taking place all over Europe these days. When Reina and I first attended an Ichinawa-Kai meeting in Tokyo we were both pleasantly surprised to see so many different people from such different backgrounds and age groups.

Kinoko likes to refer to the group as a ‘Comprehensive Kinbaku Entertainment Organisation’ – Which pretty much hits the nail on the head. Although everyone involved in the Ichinawa-Kai take Kinbaku seriously and dedicate a great deal of time and effort to continually develop their wider understanding of the art; there’s always a laugh to be had. I would encourage you to ask any of the Ichinawa-Kai members about the prestigious ‘Air Kinbaku’ championship title!

The Ichinawa-Kai was founded by Hajime Kinoko to provide a wide variety of activities including study and fellowship among kinbaku enthusiasts, the application of bondage for fun as well as serious study and other activities revolving around rope-work. And the key to the success of the Ichinawa-Kai is that it revolves around community cooperation.

Salon sessions are held every 1st and 3rd Monday at Hajime Kinoko’s club, The Sleeping Beauty Shibuya. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along to the Salon sessions. You can sit back, enjoy a tea or coffee and learn from watching other riggers and models work. Or, if you are in the frame of mind to have a Kinbaku session of your own, all you need do is find yourself a space and do what you do best.

For those new to the wonderful world of rope, there are classes held every 1st and 3rd Sunday for beginner and intermediate levels lead by Shigure and Otonawa. Two of the seven Ichinawa-Kai performers coming to this year’s Festival. Well, eight performers as Kinoko’s model will be performing a solo suspension act at the festival too.

Since last year’s festival we’ve been building stronger relationships between Europe and Japan. Nothing signifies this better than having so many dedicated Nawashi travel en mass to London for this year’s LFAJRB.

We’ve asked the performer’s coming a few questions to give you all a vague idea as to what to expect. However we’ve deliberatly kept it short and vague so you can come and get to know our Ichinawa-Kai performer team personally.

 

Hajime Kinoko’s Ichinawa-Kai @ LFAJRB 2011 | SHIGURE
How long have you been performing?
Three Years
How did you first get interested in Bondage?
When I was a young boy I saw a book in my parent’s bedroom.
What specifically do you like about Rope / Kinbaku?
I can draw out expressions from the inner depths of my subjects like “sorrow” and “indecent shame”, which are part of Japanese women’s nature.
How would you describe your style?
To me it’s more about Japanese Spirituality than technique or style.


Hajime Kinoko’s Ichinawa-Kai @ LFAJRB 2011 | OTONAWA
(Model: Wakabayashi Miko)
How long have you been performing?
It’s been three years
How did you first get interested in Bondage?
I did a collaboration Kinbaku show with Hajime Kinoko
What specifically do you like about Rope / Kinbaku?
There are no correct answers and the possibilities are unlimited.
How would you describe your style?
When I question why I tie that’s the beginning of a story. And that story is my show. But at the end of the day I aim for my shows to be Erotic.


Hajime Kinoko’s Ichinawa-Kai @ LFAJRB 2011 | ERO OUJI
How long have you been performing?
Twenty years
How did you first get interested in Bondage?
I was taught how to tie long before I really became interested in Shibari.
What specifically do you like about Rope / Kinbaku?
With rope I can control my subjects just how I so desire.I can put my thoughts, feelings or deeper self into the rope.And I get the same through rope from my subject.
How would you describe your style?
My Shibari is tying freely without the constraint of being held to any given style.

Hajime Kinoko’s Ichinawa-Kai @ LFAJRB 2011 |

UMISTUKI KURAGE
How long have you been performing?
Three Years
How did you first get interested in Bondage?
I saw some Kinbaku pictures in a boy’s magazine.
What specifically do you like about Rope / Kinbaku?
Rope is like no other tool or bdsm object. With rope you can freely change so many elements to your liking. Such as shape, form, movement and strength. By incorporating these and so many other elements into bondage you can connect with your subject through the rope.
How would you describe your style?
My Shibari is like a viscous jellyfish floating.
(ps: his stage name literally translates to Sea-moon Jellyfish)

Hajime Kinoko’s Ichinawa-Kai @ LFAJRB 2011 | SHIGONAWA BINGO
(Model: AKANE)
How long have you been performing?
Is it five years ?
How did you first get interested in Bondage?
I saw the beauty of the subject being tied up and the beauty between the subject and her master.
What specifically do you like about Rope / Kinbaku?
It’s a way to connect on a deeper level between one human and another. And that to me means Beauty.
How would you describe your style?
It’s not only the visual beauty of my purple rope, I’m particular about the beauty of the things that can’t be seen but only sensed.

Hajime Kinoko’s Ichinawa-Kai @ LFAJRB 2011 | SHISHIWAKA
How long have you been performing?
Three and a half years or so
How did you first get interested in Bondage?
I’m fascinated by rope and the beauty of the physical form.
What specifically do you like about Rope / Kinbaku?
Because I handle rope freely with ingenuity I have another method of communication with my subject.
How would you describe your style?
I’m possessed with both speed and power though various suspended transitions while torturing my subject.


Hajime Kinoko’s Ichinawa-Kai @ LFAJRB 2011 | YOI
How long have you been performing?
Six to seven years.
How did you first get interested in Bondage?
My friend introduced me to a Kinbaku-shi (Master).
What specifically do you like about Rope / Kinbaku?
The feeling of both my Sadistic nature along with a great sense of accomplishment put together.
How would you describe your style?

After suspension there really aren’t any flamboyant developments.


Ichinawa-Kai, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
It has been a very exciting year or so since Kinoko first came to the UK. During this time we’ve built many new friendships and a LOT has been learnt. I can’t begin to express just how valuable these experiences have been for Kinoko and team. So this year we really want to build on these further and continue to develop together in the Art.

Although Kinoko and the Ichinawa-Kai are going to perform and teach at the festival, we’re all coming to share and to learn from each other. So please come and take part in this year’s festival. At the end of the day our massive troop from Japan are coming first and foremost to be part of this great experience. So please come and make this year special. Like Kinoko always says; ‘It’s not about Shibari being good or bad or great or not.. it’s about personality and individuality’.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

By Mack & Reina
For and on behalf of Hajime Kinoko and the Ichinawa-Kai

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