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喜多川

Kitagawa
&
Kei

kitagawa_tejo

こだわり

commitment

expose

"Like the uninterrupted stroke of a calligrapher's brush,

my ropes are intently focused on control and seme."

The beauty of a woman intoxicated from suffering, enveloped in euphoria, and physically driven to the brink of one’s inhibitions. This is a beauty that escapes conventional notions of the word. Seme acts as the hand that enables me to expose this latent beauty within my partner as I desire. The rope is the only medium that I require.

My approach toward kinbaku and seme can be expressed through the concept of hito-fude-gaki. In Japan, hito-fude-gaki refers to a style of Japanese calligraphy where all superfluous elements are eliminated, and each carefully orchestrated stroke follows a single resolutely determined trajectory with a precise departure and intent.

Throughout 40 years of trial-and-error I have refined my kinbaku and focused it singularly on seme and evoking an emotional state of euphoria in my partner. Just like in calligraphy, when binding I do not change the trajectory nor the equilibrium of the restraint. There are no transitions, and my choices are not informed by decorative, aesthetic, or photogenic purposes.

It is this single unwavering intent towards my partner that gives rise to the functional and distinct austere beauty of kinbaku.

* Seme: Seme is a Japanese term found in many disciplines, including martial arts, which refers to a physical and psychological pressure. It is also an attitude meant to disrupt the opponent's sense of confidence and resolution, prior to an attack.

* Nawa: Refers to the natural jute ropes (asa-nawa) used in the practice of kinbaku. In Japanese kinbaku circles the word “nawa” is also used colloquially to refer to a particular bind on the body. For this article “nawa” is used to refer to a bind. Rope refers to the actual natural jute ropes.

expose

"A flavor perceivable only by my partner.

Measurable only by the latent state of euphoria evoked through the seme-nawa"

Whereby kinbaku is the practice and methodology, seme-nawa is the lens. It is an approach and mindset within kinbaku that concentrates on the mental and physical sensations (flavors) that draw out a latent state of euphoria from my partner, Kei.

Despite all attempts, the essence of seme-nawa is something that cannot be conveyed objectively through words, video, or online lessons. For the person tying, seme-nawa is a practical wisdom which is acquired through your partner. Rather than relying on a standardized formula or technique, seme-nawa is informed by the responses and impressions offered from your partner. In other words, it is implicit knowledge gained through attuning into your partner and utilizing her/his responses to guide you in knowing where and how to place the next rope.

Let’s think of seme-nawa as cooking. There's my partner, Kei, who knows exactly how the dish is supposed to taste, and then there's me, the cook, who utilizes jute rope as my main ingredient to create a dish specifically for her palate (emotional coordinates).

The 'dish' represents the aesthetic beauty of kinbaku. While the visual image may serve to tantalize the tastebuds, the only way to experience its flavor is to taste the dish (subjective experience). The patterns and forms are the recipe (guidelines). Just as it is near impossible to replicate a top-class chef’s signature dish from a recipe alone, it’s also impossible to replicate the ‘flavors’ of seme through following prescribed patterns or forms.

The key difference is that unlike in cooking, with seme-nawa, the person binding cannot taste the ‘flavors’ of the seme-nawa — only the person being bound can do so. My partner’s physical reactions and the degree of euphoria brought forth through seme-nawa are the only yardstick I have for determining if “flavors” were desirable or non-desirable.

Understanding the essence of seme-nawa requires a single-minded pursuit and resolve to accumulate within your own body the methods necessary for various circumstances through the continual and pertinent practice of seme-nawa, a connection with your partner, and a conducive and nurturing environment.

For deeper understanding I urge you to read the words of my partner, Kei, offered below.

rope

"As I only bind with the rope that I treat with my own hands,

I am acutely conscious of every detail.”

Kinbaku is a dangerous practice that can cause injuries and accidents. Precisely calculating the burden applied to the body so as not to cause injury or mark the skin is paramount and requires honed mastery and mindfulness of the rope handling, the pressure and tensioning of the rope, and its application to the body.

The safety of kinbaku is largely determined by the rope itself, which should be methodically conditioned to maintain a tight and uniform weave, as well as a smooth surface that is both congenial to the skin and easy to manipulate for the person binding. Moreover, how the natural jute rope (asa-nawa) is polished* and handled will dramatically affect the tensile strength, overall feel, and degree of deterioration.

The reason I am so particular about what kind of rope I use, is because I cannot take responsibility for the safety, tensile strength, and the quality of feel of rope that is treated and polished by another person. Crafting natural jute rope made by with my own hands forges a connection between myself and the rope. Moreover, through constant maintenance to ensure the rope is always in optimal condition, I become acutely aware of the most minute signs of deterioration or change.

* Method of rubbing or pulling the rope through to remove rough fibers and smoothen the surface of the rope.

partner

“Overcoming barriers together to,

deepen technique and connection.”

From sport teams to regular human interactions, all relationships invariably come up against a slump or period of monotony which become walls that hinder both growth in one’s skills and the sustenance of the relationship. The same applies to kinbaku.

Kinbaku that lacks freshness lacks stimulation and simply escalating the intensity or degree of seme greatly increases the risk of injury. My volition in never repeating the seme bind twice, coupled with Kei’s desire for nawa that doesn’t follow a predetermined pattern and our effort to overcome these walls together, has given rise to the kinbaku I practice today and my union of over 15 years with Kei.

We created SalonK2 in the hope of creating a space filled with stimulation and spontaneity where we, and the members who attend, can escape from the everyday. Our goal is to maintain a space where people can continue to enjoy the kinbaku that they discovered from various encounters with the same vigor and spirit as when they first started.

kitagawa_tejo

縄会

Nawa-kai

EVENTS

Based in heart of Yokohama
SalonK2 runs twice a month,
attracting regular members
from Yokohama and prefectures
across Japan.

茶話会

Sawa-kai

2nd Saturday

15:00~22:00

Sawa-kai (social skill share) serves as a space for members to exchange ideas and information and form deeper bonds. Alongside tying with newcomers and regulars, who prefer being bound, I also use this time to share my principles on seme with attending shibari-te (rope tops).

Discussion and actual kinbaku practice are welcomed. In the latter half we put the ropes aside and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the evening over a drink and idle chatter.

For newcomers, I recommend attending the Sawa-kai as your debut step.

蜜縄

Mitsu-nawa

4th Saturday

15:00~22:00

Mitsu-nawa offers a unique contrast to the social interaction focus of the Sawa-kai. The lights are dimmed and a soft electrifying charge fills the atmosphere over the tatami mats where scenes of seme-nawa kinbaku unfold, enveloping you in a world of anticipation, excitement, and stimulation.

As many of our regular members are couples, Salon K2 is abundant with original and high-level kinbaku developed through years of exploration within a relationship. Moreover, the kinbaku between solo attending members offers a level of exciting anticipation and freshness.

I also find myself inspired and absorbed in the kinbaku of Kei and other attending members. The evening closes in and the late remaining members converse over a banquet of good food and drink.

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伝承

Den-sho

LESSON

I haven’t applied names or labels to the kinbaku binds that I practice and have developed. To use origami as an analogy, I do not prepare an existing origami pattern or blueprint for making a “paper crane” in my lessons.

If you want to create a crane without using scissors, then I will utilize the time to convey the methodology on how to fold the paper without breaking it to form the said crane. Rather than coming with expectations to be taught, I encourage people to come with their own ideas about what you want to create or achieve.

* If you are interested in being bound, please inquire using the “Experience” inquiry form below.

GROUP LESSON

(Max. 3 couples per lesson/day)

2nd & 4th Saturday

12:00~15:00

SalonK2 Entry Course

  • No prior experience required. As an introduction to SalonK2 this course focuses on the Kitagawa style gote-shibari, utilizing it as a vantage point for exploring the unique principles, approach, and style of the seme-nawa that I have pursued and refined over the past 40 years.

  • For experienced persons we urge you to come with fresh clean slate and use this time to investigate the principles of seme-focused kinbaku.

  • Taking the first step is always difficult. If you’re feeling daunted or unsure, I recommend this course as your starting point

Seme-nawa Practical Application Course

  • When binding in seme-nawa my rope changes moment-to-moment in response to the reactions of my partner and the slowly building urge within myself to amplify the pressure and intensify the restraint, coercing my partner to abandon herself to me and the ropes.

  • This course focuses on practically developing your own style of seme-nawa.

  • Seme-nawa is not about following a certain procedure or modality based on patterns. During this course I offer advice on how to achieve, through kinbaku, the type of seme that the participants (you and your partner) desire, together with the approaches and thinking behind seme-nawa.

Private Lesson

(Max. 1 couple)

1st & 3rd Saturday

(Dates & times are negotiable)

3 Hours

  • Kinbaku exists in the shadows from our ordinary mainstream society as a practice and form of enjoyment between adults.

  • Private lesson offers closed doors for those, who for reasons of their own, need to keep their private affairs private.

  • It is also a one-on-one experience to delve into the core of my concepts and ideas and experiences mentioned above on this webpage.

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責め縄の
受け心地

EMBRACE

The embrace of seme-nawa

Supposing Kitagawa-`ryu* as an established system or school of thought, the essence is the utilization of rope to drive my partner to mental and physical state which gives rise to latent sensations of euphoria. It is centered not on the bind nor the aesthetic but rather on the palate (emotional coordinates) and bodily sensation and which it evokes in the person being bound.

Expressing the meaning through words, photographs or video is no easy task. For this, I lend from the words of the person who best understands the meaning and thinking behind my kinbaku, Kei.

* “Ryu” denotes an established system with a unique school of thought within an established art (practice) such as martial arts.

Kei

“Opening the slightly heavy door and entering inside, I am immediately enveloped in the delicate aromas of lightly charred jute rope fibers. The frisson of anticipation about what will unfold causes my heart to pulse a beat faster.

… The urge to glance back at the door, remains up until the instant before the first rope glides across my wrists. This electrifying sense of anticipation combined with the commanding prowess of Kitagawa’s severe yet perfectly tensioned ropes that bind my body. Slowly and softly, I am coaxed into a profound euphoria.

The feeling of being bound in the kinbaku that Kitagawa and I aspire towards is something that I would like to share with others. Seme-nawa doesn’t hold itself to predetermined patterns, and for that reason, possesses a level of sophistication and preciseness that is perfect for a woman being bound for the first time.”

Kei

kitagawa_tejo

サロンメンバー

MEMBER

Joining SalonK2

While it is impossible to encapsulate everything about SalonK2 and my seme-nawa here in writing, I am glad that people have taken an interest in what we have created here.

From art-focused to light-hearted cosplay bondage, kinbaku is now enjoyed in numerous forms other than what we aspire to and practice here at SalonK2. Before sending an inquiry, please read through to make sure that the style of kinbaku and thinking of SalonK2 aligns with your ideas and motivations in kinbaku.

If you are interested in joining as a member, please come along and “try” as a guest attendee. We look forward to hearing from and joining with people of shared thinking and mindset.

For more information on my background, please feel free peruse SMpedia and other resources(Japanese only).

ABOUT
TRANSLATOR

Milla Reika

Milla Reika

Member

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お問い合わせ

CONTACT

Please send an inquiry if you are interested in kinbaku lessons, an experience being bound in seme-nawa, or coming along to see about membership.

SalonK2 is situated in the heart of Yokohama within a 10-minute walk of the nearest train station. The exact address will be provided upon confirmation of attendance.

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Inquiries/reservations for private and group lessons

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