December 6, 2008
Rope bondage as always interested me in some way or another, and I figure, what better way to get started learning about it than by reading The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage by one of the best known figures in the kink community, Midori. Plus, I really love books – am a total bibliphile.
My absolute favorite thing about this book is that is more than just the same old “how to” type of book. Rather, it talks a lot about the beauty and history of Japanese Rope Bondage. It also gives a lot information on pretty much everything; choosing rope (type, material, length), cleaning and taking care of your rope, safety, how to prepare a scene, running a scene, after care (and can I just say that having a straw for water of the list of items you might want to have was loving, adorable and brilliant).
Then we get to the actual rope designs part of the book. Each individual rope bondage has a name, a beautiful color picture, some information about the position (what you need, what it’s good for, etc), a little snippet of erotica, and then of course, step by step instructions, with some pictures. Easy as pie, right?
Well, I was a little confused about some of the instructions, and there is only a picture for every third instruction or so. Now, my primary partner has been out of town, so I haven’t been able to find anyone to tie up (or to read the book and tie me up). Maybe it is easier when you’re doing it on a person and not a body pillow (hey, at least I was giving it a good go, right?). I’ll give an update once we’re actually tried it out with living, breathing (and ouch-saying) people.
I will say that while this book only has a few different types of ties, this is a brilliant and perfect book for ropes beginners like myself. After reading it, I felt much more ready to give rope bondage a try. Great instructions, BEAUTIFUL full color pictures, and a strong background, both in the history and the safety of rope bondage. 5 stars — highly recommended.