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Gallery: Hojojutsu Secrets (Chinsho Collection, 1930)

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Secrets of Hojojutsu

Hojojutsu is one of the martial arts that has contributed significantly to the history of kinbaku.  As a part of both military and law enforcement training, the goals of the art were to restrain, transport, and display prisoners, often using decorative patterns that would signify the prisoner’s rank, class, or station in life.  Initially a battlefield technique, as Japan became more organized during the Tokugawa Shogunate, the focus on tying shifted from military application to law enforcement.

Like many aspects of budo, hojojutsu evolved differently depending on region, style or school, only a few of which are still taught and practiced today.

This 1930 volume contains 53 two color diagrams of ties for Edo era Japan.  From the collection of Machikata Yoriki under the title “Secret View of Hojojutsu,” the book provides illustrations of 26 ties, with commentary, from one particular school of hojojutsu.

A few examples from the collection:

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 From the collection of Zetsu Nawa

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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