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Nawa: Akira Naka & Ryo Tsujimoto

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One of the last video series that Yukimura Haruki directed was the exceptional Nawa group of videos.  This video is an amazing collaboration between Yukimura as director and Akira Naka as the featured bakushi.  In one sense, the styles of these two masters could not be more different, with Yukimura defining “aibunawa” or caressing rope and Naka being the modern master of “semenawa” or torment rope.

What emerges is a truly beautiful collection of rope scenes that blend many of Yukimura’s classic poses with Naka’s intense style of tying.  This is an amazing collaboration between two masters at the height of their abilities.

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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