Rope is and should be primarily a tool to express themselves, to place more of what is within us, but also to listen, to open up and share a moment. To create an unforgettable moment of union between people, between hearts. It may be show itself in many ways, our favorites are: Creation, explorative play and intense experiences.
Rope can be used to create so many different things, interesting shapes, beautiful patterns, sweet encounters, sensations, stories and suggestive meaning. We teach ways to explore the body forms, to challenge patterns of movement and to create beautiful moment to be immortalized in the photo, scene or memory. We start in principle from three perspectives: the body, the ropes and the meeting. In the body there are an infinite number of elements to explore, movements, forms, ideas, somatic effects. How can we highlight parts of a body? How can we shape it to express what’s inside? How does the body positions our state of mind?
Kinbaku and Shibari
Kinbaku Shibari and it is often a discussion of the difference between Shibari and Kinbaku. In the West and Kinbaku Shibari have become terms describing replek and inspired by Japanese Repbondage. We do not argue that a term is more correct than the other, because in reality has long gone where the terms are used and interpreted in different ways and this has given rise to the separate and distinct meanings almost completely and are completely separated from the Japanese language they originally borrowed from. However, to use our own words of what Shibari and Kinbaku is for us, it’s about the meeting. We see the ropes as a tool; a language that we can use to find out each other’s inersta essence. With the help of the ropes so we can let through what we want. Playfulness, relaxation, pleasure or happiness. It would be wrong to try to hide the fact if we said that there is a sexual charge around the rope. It originated as told from an adult category that arose in Japan. But we believe and speak to the rep is so much more than that.
“The communication of rope means making the distance between myself and my partner smaller, and to synchronise our souls by tying.”
– Kasumi Hourai
With the help of the ropes and we will help our bodies and minds to relax. With the help of the rope around the body or hands and we will be more present. We are here and now. And to take part of such a moment in which two or more people really present and share an experience together is something that we do not get to do very often today. So for what reason we choose to exercise rope and play and explore each other, so we believe that the rope can be an exciting and fun tool to discover new things about ourselves and others.
With Japan divided into inviduella territory (also called Han) , there was already a great difficulty to travel freely within the country during the Edo period . Safe and simlpe ways to transport prisoners and criminals from place to place was needed, where a simple handover at territories limit could be done. Each teritorium had its own school and them there was a big difference in how the prisoners were transported and tied between them. These different patterns varied not only from school to school but was also based on the criminals social status , occupation and gender. The act of capture, tying and restraining criminals (or suspects) with rope continued to evolve for more than another 200 years before the martial art now best known as Hojojutsu began to disappear from society.
Bondage as a sexual activity first came to Japan in the 1950’s. Widely recognized as the “father of Kinbaku ” is Seiu Ito, who began studying and researching Hojōjutsu and this was the start of Kinbaku . But it noted that he drew inspiration from other art forms of the time, including the Kabuki theater and Ukiyoe woodblock prints . Kinbaku became very popular in Japan in the 1950s through magazines like Kitan Club and Yomikiri Romance, who published the first nude bondage photographs. In the 1960s, Osada Eikichi poped up with SM – performances which often included a large amount of rope bondage, today these artists often are called nawashi (rope masters) or Bakushi (from kinbakushi , which means bondage master) . In recent years, Kinbaku became popular in the western BDSM scene in its own way and has also been a great influence on bondage, and spawned into other ” fusion ” styles .