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May 4, 2020
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episode 21: Love in the Time of Katsukawa

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Juanes

Narrated by Faviola Llervu

September 28, 2018
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episode 20: What is a Takatekote

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Ottawan

Narrated by Faviola Llervu

June 23, 2018
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episode 19: Terra Cognita

Music by Buffalo Daughter and The Offspring

Narrated by Faviola Llervu

March 27, 2018
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episode 18: Crossed in Translation 2

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Interpol

Narrated by Faviola Llervu

October 18, 2017
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episode 17: Twelve Months of Strange Punishments

Music by Dolce Triade and Interpol

Narrated by Faviola Llervu

May 5, 2017
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episode 16: Like a Horse to Water

Music by Dolce Triade

Narrated by Faviola Llervu

December 20, 2016
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minisode: Crossed in Translation

Music by Dolce Triade

Narrated by Faviola Llervu

June 20, 2016
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episode 15: A Conversation with Nawashi Kanna and Kagura

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Special thanks to Demonsix for arranging the talk, to Mistress Iris for interpreting, and to Criss Cross, Stabstabstab and Nyadom.

Here are a few pictures Nawashi Kanna and Kagura kindly let me post here to share with you:

April 20, 2016
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episode 13: 5 Shibari Myths

Music by Dolce Triade

Hosted by Faviola LLervu

Thanks to OkieNawa for letting me use a photo of his awesome tying in the video.

January 21, 2016
Oiwa at LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has put another rope bondage netsuke on display in their netsuke collection.

Here are two photos I took last week of a carving 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.

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).

December 20, 2015
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episode 12: Burned Alive

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Johnny Cash

Sound clip from Army of Darkness.

Hosted by Faviola Llervu

December 9, 2015
Karakuri Peep Shows

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.

October 20, 2015
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episode 10: Little House on the Moor

Music by Buffalo Daughter and L'Orchestra Numerique

Hosted by Faviola Llervu












September 20, 2015
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episode 9: Subterranean Hojo Blues

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Plastilina Mosh

Hosted by Faviola Llervu


Quotes for the Tokyo Christian persecution in 1623 are from “The Great Martyrdom in Edo 1623” by Hubert Cieslik.


Left: Ginko Adachi (1878)
Right: “Early Japanese Christian Persecution Collection.” Kitan Club (1952)


From “Tormented Skin.” Fuzoku Soshi (1953)


Left: Hojojutsu Picture Collection.
Right: Fuzoku Kitan (1960) and Female Detective Diaries (1974)

August 20, 2015
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episode 8: The Wind Beneath My Rings, Part 2

Music by Buffalo Daughter and Janelle Monae

Hosted by Faviola Llervu

Readings by Feenix and Gray Miller Creative, LLC.



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

July 21, 2015
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episode 7: The Wind Beneath My Rings

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Hosted by Faviola Llervu


June 20, 2015
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episode 6: Vogon Poetry

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Hosted by Faviola Llervu


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)

June 3, 2015
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Pre-modern "doubled rope" illustrations

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).

May 20, 2015
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episode 5: The Tools That Shape Us

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Hosted by Faviola Llervu



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)

April 20, 2015
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episode 4: On the Shoulders of Giants

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Hosted by Faviola Llervu

Part 1 - Denki Akechi

Read by

Part 2 - Chimuo Nureki

Read by

Part 3 - Hajime Kinoko

Read by

April 20, 2015
Show Notes

episode 3: Wherefore Art Thou Kinbaku

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Hosted by Faviola Llervu

This is translation of an article by Seiu Ito and published in Seiu Ito's Photo Book: Seme-e Women (1996)

Images mentioned in episode:


Osaka Full Color News (1875)


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


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)


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

February 20, 2015
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episode 2: Snow Torment Photo Journal

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Hosted by Faviola Llervu

Reading by Gray Miller Creative LLC, Bacon Andrew, and BDT.

This is translation of an article by Seiu Ito and published in Seiu Ito's Photo Book: Seme-e Women (1996)

January 20, 2015
Show Notes

episode 1: Introduction

Music by Buffalo Daughter

Hosted by Faviola Llervu