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The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage

10th March, 2016

The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage

10th March, 2016

If you're looking for a beginners guide to rope bondage, stop in your tracks. This book may prove to be more frustrating than helpful in your journey to rope bondage mastery. As the book starts to cover different ties, you will find yourself having trouble matching the final illustration. For example, in the “Arms and Chest” the illustrations leave out some important steps and in the “Open leg Crab” changes without explanation. If you are searching for a better book to use as tutorials, Showing You the Ropes by Two Knotty Boys is a better choice. While their ties are not as immediately as impressive as what Midori presents here, they offer a wonderful base for you to build on by combining them together. The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage truly shines because of the essays that Midori has put together. She brilliantly displays the numerous dynamics between a Dominant and Submissive in bondage scenes for role-playing. The majority of the book is about how the top and bottom might use rope bondage to heighten their experience in the bedroom.

If you are yearning to discover advance techniques to add to your tool set of shibari, this book is lacking in those areas. If you are wanting to read some amazingly seductive erotic stories, this book is also not for you. Now if you are looking to understand the mindset between dominant and submissive, this book clearly describes the dynamics of a real Dom/Sub relationship. Based on the cover photo shot by Craig Morey, I was expecting to see some exceptionally beautiful photos of bound women. Was I let down? I would have to say yes and no. The book contains 8 full color photographs, four of which are men, and the remaining four of women. One being a duplicate of the cover. So you will only get three additional photos of women. This book is in no way portrayed as a photo book, so you can't fault it for that. This book is about using rope to build the dynamics of a BDSM relationship. Midori does a great job showing the stages of the many ties that are covered within the book. Some of these may leave you scratching your head, and wondering how to interpret the techniques described in the images.

These tutorials feel geared more to showcasing rope bondage as an art rather than as educational pieces. This book makes a great foundational piece for rope bondage, though it is lacking in the instructional sense. The explanation of top and bottom dynamics greatly make up for this downfall. While the ties that are illustrated are considered basic by rope bondage standards, they are incredibly functional, and Midori leaves it up to the reader to decide how to use them. Midori does make her explanations easier for beginners that are new to shibari. She doesn't use knot tying terms the uninitiated would not know. However, by ignoring terms like “bight” and “working end” it makes her explanations rather long winded.

The seductive insides

Each chapter guides you through each posture in small, gradual steps that are easy to follow with instructional illustrations that almost animate from the page. Within each chapter Midori also includes wonderful background information and Japanese BDSM dynamics. She covers rope types, body types, safety procedures, as well as, how to build the right atmosphere for rope bondage, allowing you to decide how soft or hardcore you want to go. This book illustrates six basic postures that give you a basic understanding of Japanese bondage. These postures and ties are not meant for just petite body types, Midori shows how they are functional on men and woman of all sizes.

Simple Breast Bondage (Muna Nawa) and Simple Open Leg Crab (Kaikyaku Kani)

Arm and Chest (Ushirote Munenawa)

Tortoise Shell Body Harness (Kikkou)

Cross Legged Bondage (Agura)

Crotch Harness (Matanawa) Partial Suspension (Tsuri)

Hog Tie (Gyakuebi)

If you're a knot aficionado, you may become irritated with little mistakes in the knot illustrations. However, for the most part, they are clear and straight-forward. For Western and European, Midori warns about the length of your rope and recommends at least 25 feet. Even with the most petite bottom, this is too short. Most vendors now start at 27 ft and only go up from there. These negatives stem from people that already have experience in Japanese rope bondage. If you are new, and know close to nothing about bondage, then this is a wonderful guide that will make your taste buds thirst for more. By the end of the book you should have a clear understanding whether, or not, this kink subculture is right for you. You will also know a few basic ties for the bedroom. You can immediately use some of the exciting postures!

The queen of green

Native of Tokyo, Japan, Midori brings a unique perspective not found in other sex educators. What many would construe as an improbable career, Midori has found great success traveling the globe as a teacher, author, artist, and public speaker of creative and sensual living. Now based in San Fransisco, Midori is well known for her hilarious practical classes on enhancing sexual fulfillment, expanding personal growth, and boosting confidence. She is the founder and creator of the Rope Dojo, a traveling Shibari clinic that teaches new comers and enthusiast a like proper rope bondage technique. She is also the founder of Forte Femme, teaching woman how to empower themselves in dominant fashion. This three day clinic immerse woman in a safe, private and supportive environment exploring what it means to find and enjoy their power as a dominant femme fatal. Midori's uniquely-designed curriculums takes a "Head-Heart-Hands" approach that integrates the eroticism of your mind and body, as well as of your partner, instead of trying to teach you one-size-fits-all scripts or focusing on technique. The winner of the 2013 Best Sex Educator, 2003 Leather woman of the year, and Sainted by Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 2007.

If you're interested in Japanese rope bondage with a flare of traditional shibari, this book is certainly worth reading. The pictures are clear, and not hardcore pornographic, making it safe reading for the coffee table. Many individuals buy this book without understanding what it is really about. It's not to be billed as a tutorial book, though you will find a few inside. It's also not an art book filled with pictures of women being restrained. It is truly a beginners book to shibari. This is the reason you will not find any advance ties like a Somerville Bowline. For one, that is a modern knot, and the author is staying with traditional knots like a Single Column Tie and Gote Shibari. Beginners shouldn't be looking for advance ties anyway. They need to learn the basics before they can really begin to understand all the dynamics that come from rope bondage. One should only consider this book as an introductory book for new riggers. It was not intended as an expansion for seasoned enthusiasts who already know simple breast bondage and hog ties. Greenery Press was breaking new ground when they signed Midori. Prior to 2002 there was very little instructional BDSM literature available.

Her passion is true art

Leave it to Midori and Greenery Press to break new ground in the arena of instructional BDSM Literature. This book will leave you with the urge to stock up on rope. It even spawned a very well known rope vendor by the name of Twisted Monk. Another thing to note about this book is that it uses REAL looking models of different age, size, gender and heritage. Variety of body type is often lacking in fetish photography books, so I was overjoyed to see a full figured woman beautifully bound in this book. At the time of printing, your only other option was The Erotic Bondage Handbook by Jay Wiseman, considered the most comprehensive book on rope bondage. Though not as comprehensive, The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage is the better book. All the ties are simple. Deceptively so. But despite their simplicity once they are tied with care and artistry around a willing body, they produce an effect that can move the viewer (and definitely moves the participants).