Review – Kinbaku Society of Berlin – Issue 5

The 5th issue of Kinbaku Society of Berlin, representing , in these seasonal instalments, the thoughts, writings, poetry and art of Kinbaku across the previous 3 months. Written during the pandemic Issue #5 discusses the topic of transition, particularly fitting for the Autumn edition

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Online Class Thoughts – Tying for Riggers Pleasure – Soptik & Ravi

As soon as I saw this class, hosted by Studio Kokoro, I was super intrigued. Throughout our shibari journey I have always approached rope as a shared experience, one where we work together to achieve a sense of connectedness and reach a stronger and deeper understanding of each other through the expression of rope.

My personal history makes me cautious of those in a position of power over the vulnerable, which inevitably and ironically is the default position of being a rope top. There have certainly been times when we have been labbing new ties/patterns and I’ve left Seraphina feeling more like a mannequin than a person, where my focus is more on the rope than each other and that creeping dread of non consensual objectification creeps in, where I feel like a selfish boar.

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Review – Kinbaku Society of Berlin – Issue 3

Placeholder Post for the a review of 3rd issue of Kinbaku Society of Berlin Magazine.

This copy is rare, so currently unobtainable. Should Alexander and Natasha decide to reprint back copies, or if I can borrow one to review, it will appear here in due course.

This is also true for Issue 1 and Issue 2.

KSB Issue 3

Disclaimer – A post on Cultural Appropriation and Japanese Inspired Rope Bondage / Shibari

Shibari, Kinbaku, Japanese Inspired Rope Bondage… whatever terminology and language we use, the practice of Shibari/Rope Bondage has a history, culture and story of its own.

This history is not to be romanticized, or idolatrised or diminished and contains a diverse and rich development of cultures both within Japan and due to its export, across the world. Many people describe the history of Shibari as dating back to the Edo period, an ancient art form practiced in secret by only the highest skilled warriors, built upon respect with specific ties denoting rank and privilege of prisoners avoiding the use of knots so as not to bring about shame. Although this is true, there is a far more diverse history at play, one which if you wish to practice Shibari, should be respected, acknowledged, explored, understood?? (where possible) and certainly empathised with.

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