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.