The Mind and Techniques of Arisue Go

Arisue Go, noted bakushi with over three decades of experience and rope master for the newest Hana to Hebi films, has already left for Europe with his partner, Kogure. Among other things, they will be attending KinbaCon as special invited guests. Arisue-san will be teaching authentic Japanese kinbaku to the lucky attendees.

book holdBefore they left, the pair were able to put the finishing touches on their new book: Arisue Go's Kinbaku: Mind and Techniques 1. I understand they took several copies with them to Europe. The rest of us will have to wait until May 27 when the book starts shipping officially.

Almost forgot to mention: this book is written in English. A lot of folks in the West have been clamoring for an instruction book on kinbaku written by an acknowledged master of the art.

I believe this is the first time a Japanese bakushi has put out a book actually aimed at the English-speaking market. To be honest, I'm not aware of any instructional manuals which have even been translated into English, let alone written specifically for Western rope enthusiasts who aspire to learn the ropes in the classic Japanese way.

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The book can be purchased at the Jugoya website. And while you're there, check out their other fine products, especially the rope selection. They have, for example, "Seiyu" rope which takes its inspiration from the legendary artist Itoh Seiyu.

Another new product is tenugui. Tenugui are simply Japanese hand towels and come in a variety of colors and designs. The white ones with polka dots are famous now, having been used as gags in Japanese bondage media. The one currently available at Jugoya is a special design. Check it out.

While I'm on the subject of Arisue Go, Graydancer's most recent ropecast features an interview with Arisue-san.

This is a very interesting interview (and quite funny in parts) and I highly recommend it. The main translator for the interview was a young lady by the name of Noe. I learned about Noe through the Kinbaku Group at FetLife. It's not easy doing an interview like this (across five time zones) and with translations going back and forth, so hats off to Graydancer.

By the way, I asked Noe to do some writing for the blog. She has written a little piece in both Japanese and English which will appear here shortly. Not sure how much more she'll be writing but I'll give her a reminder now and then.


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