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The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  18 reviews
From ornately decorative to excruciatingly stringent, Japanese rope bondage is an art which has developed over centuries of martial and erotic practice. Now, accomplished Japanese-born pro-domme and bondage practitioner Midori shows step by step how to achieve beautiful and exciting Japanese bondage on a variety of genders and body types.Each chapter starts with a spectacu ...more
Paperback, 163 pages
Published February 25th 2015 by Greenery Press (CA) (first published January 11th 2001)
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Mar 11, 2009 added it
I bought this book for research, because I wanted to know the proper names, materials, safety aspects and history of the practice. For that, this book rocks.

I do think a live demonstration would be better for anyone who wants to try it, but that may be because I'm not too good with the spatial relations thing in 2-D.
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Reading “The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage” was almost like being at Midori’s workshop once again, where rather than teaching the technical aspects of knot-work she demonstrates the dynamics of the scene itself.

In the book Midori talks about her personal history with rope bondage, the visual aesthetics of shibari including symmetry, tension, and balance, as well as introduces the reader to a brief history of Japanese bondage. She covers safety elements and aftercare as well as explains the
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Very artistic. A few beautiful photographs, wide margins, heavy paper. A long introductory section. Not many ties. Lots of black and white line art for the instructions.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this is just a great coffee table book, perfect for grandma's 80th birthday or to get that new Japanese co-worker.

I guess I'll also state that I got this book equally because I would like to learn the techniques for artistic purposes (some casual rope bondage during the underwear ride, or even just going out) as well as for the intended ones. This book fits in a biiiiit better for the later reasons, but they do cover some aesthetic principals, so it's all good.

In all seriousness, this is
Heather Adams
May 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Midori's approach to rope bondage is unabashedly sexual. The description of how a scene is constructed, located near the beginning of the book, is nearly pornographic in its attention to the participants' sexual response.

I purchased this book based on Midori's reputation as a rope educator, but it lacked instructions for basic, foundational ties. When I grabbed it to double-check how to finish a double-column tie, for instance, I was disappointed. That tie was not included in the book.

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Jane Boon
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was the first on the topic of Japanese Bondage for a curious American audience, and it's staggering to see how enthusiasm for Shibari has exploded since Midori's book was first published, almost twenty years ago.

This is a book that will explain the how's, but also the why's. It's foundational, for anyone who wants to dig into the topic of Shibari. Highly recommended.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Artistic, sensual, clear in writing, & so very well presented!
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, nonfiction
BDSM provacateur and teacher Midori showcases simple kinbaku/shibari Japanese rope bondage techniques in this stylish reference. Filled with pretty photos of burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, this is almost more like an art photography book or memento on "getting started with bondage", but it does showcase some popular rope ties and knots that can be handy. I recommend this book to anyone curious about basic bondage. ...more
Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Midori is a rope guru & this book lives up to her reputation. She includes a brief history of rope bondage, an imaginary scene which highlights aspects of safe & consensual play, information on choosing and treating rope, and step by step instructions for different techniques with black and white illustrations. It's pretty enough to be a coffee table book and useful enough to be a bedside table book. ...more
Kristina Kopnisky
Jul 30, 2009 rated it liked it
A good guide to the uninitiated. A fun romp for those who are familiar with the art of Japanese rope bondage. It will make you want to run to Twisted Monks site and buy some (more) hemp. The photography alone makes it a worthwhile purchase.
Nov 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People learning bondage
Beautifully written. The author went up and beyond at the book launch / workshop. She was very careful to bring the cultural history and make non-Japanese people conscious of the cultural appropriation component. The step-by-step diagrams are awesome and very easy to follow.
Gilly towler
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting and naughty at same time. Art or porn, you decide because I can't. ...more
Jonathanstray Stray
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Well-explained techniques. And hawt.
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
the most important book i bought in 2006. lovely.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
will read again
Lena olive
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
very useful book!
Fenton Ayres
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I met Midori a few years ago and she is wonderful! I now have an autographed copy of this book!
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