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Beautifully Bound (美しき縛しめ)

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Beautifully Bound (美しき縛しめ) Kinbaku Today 1

Published in 1953, this book is a collaboration between the legendary bakushi Toshiyuki Suma (aka Minomura Ko and Kita Reiko) and photographer Tetsuzo Tsukamoto. It represents the first artistic photo album of bondage published in Japan. Produced by the publisher of Kitan Club magazine, 美しき縛しめ was a limited release of only 500 copies, making it very difficult to find.

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Zetsu has been studying rope since 2008 and kinbaku photography since 2010. He is a member of Yukimura Haruki’s kinbaku school in Japan under the name Haru Yutaka. He has participated in workshops in Tokyo with Suguira Norio and has had his work exhibited in Tokyo at Gallery Shinjukuza, run by the legendary kinbaku photographer Kanno Kei. While in Japan, he has participated in several “satsueikai” photo shoots, photographing the rope work of Naka Akira and Yukimura Haruki. He is a member of The Monarchs in Los Angeles and runs the Los Angeles Rope Dojo, and sells kinbaku books and rope through his shop at Ai Nawa