Hajime Kinoko

 

 

 

Kinoko. Born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, in 1977
Known worldwide for his various 
kinbaku (rope bondage) expressions using various types of rope such as traditional piece-dye “Japanese style kinbaku," “art rope” using red rope, and "cyber rope" using glow-in-the-dark rope.

 

Kinoko not only considers shibari to be erotic but is also good at giving it pop interpretation and promote it to art. His unique ties incorporating nature (such as trees and rocks) as well as projects involving the innovative use of space have especially won praise. In addition to performing live rope shows, he has recently been actively releasing artwork including photographs and video, often being in charge of tying, photography, and direction. He is also well known outside of Japan, having conducted workshops in more than 20 major cities such as Paris, London, and Munich as well as in Japan. Kinoko is a rope specialist representing Japan.

 

Statement

 

 

For me, shibari is about “connection.” 
When tying someone, it’s not about capturing or tying that person. I cherish the “connection” with the model the most. It feels like I am tying myself with the model like strings connecting two paper cups to make a paper toy telephone. When I tie someone with a strong feeling,  the model is important, I can feel many things such as how they want to be tied with rope, the timing and where.  I can tie depending on the models’ desires. The lines created when I tie that way are like waves that carve rocks and create cliffs. I create lines like those created by nature and only exist between the model and I. I feel this is wonderful and beautiful.
This is the shibari that I pursue.

 

dThis series expresses mothers, ancestors, nature, peers, DNA, the future, connections between hearts, inspiration, and other things. People are not alone. Everyone is connected to someone. In the Red series, I use
The series Red represents my work the most accurately. The theme of Red is also “connection”.
rope
to emphasize “connections” such as blood or fate, which is expressed in the Japanese language as “the red string of fate.” The white world expresses pure feelings. The world has become a convenient place, with the Internet connecting people around the world. But aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of connections and interactions? I made the artwork with the hope of reminding viewers of the significant people or significant events in their lives. I gave Red as one example, but my various artworks have these feelings hidden behind them.

 

History with rope

 

bar, the late rope master Akechi Denki held a workshop. That's when Kinoko learned the meaning of tying people. Yukimura, and took lessons from him for several years. From Yukimura, Kinoko learned how to interact with models, how to show a model's body line in an aesthetically pleasing way, among other techniques.rope for the first time in 2001, because his then-girlfriend was interested
In 2008, Kinoko began taking lessons from Kanna, who was a student of Akechi Denki and a teacher of Teru. From Kanna, Kinoko learned to tie intricately and beautifully. The Gote shibari that Kinoko's One Rope Association now teaches is based on Kanna's tying and slightly customized. 
retirement and left the rope community for several years. The following year, Kanna announced his 
For a while after that, Kinoko debated whether to continue doing rope. He ultimately decided to ask Kanna to learn from him again but Kanna refused to return to the rope community, so Kinoko gave up on that. 
At the fetishMeanwhile, Kinoko met Haruki 
Kinoko took up bar Kinoko was managing. He then began polishing his skills by watching others and seeking advice. 
inrope. He began teaching himself rope while getting advice from Yumeko Around 2003, he began interacting with many rope-loving customers such as Mr. Teru at a fetish

 

In 2009, with an invitation from porn actress Chiharu Karino, Kinoko began to assist Karino at photo shoots by Norio Sugiura, the master of kinbaku photography. After Karino retired, Kinoko started working as the main rope rigger rather than an assistant at Sugiura's photo shoots. Kinoko continues to learn traditional rope bondage on-site at photo shoots by Sugiura, who passed down the world of Oniroku Dan.
Kinoko began rope photography around 2013, and also writes. He has been hugely influenced by Sugiura's values and life.
In addition, Kinoko wants to spread the joy of kinbaku
to the public. In this sense, he has also been influenced by Nobuyoshi Araki who does just that.

Red  by Kinoko

Hajime Kinoko(基本表記)/ 一 鬼のこ.(旧表記) 1977年 愛知県名古屋市生まれ生成り縄による「和の緊縛」、赤縄を使った「アートロープ」、光る縄で魅せる「サイバーロープ」といった表現を主軸に、様々な種類の縄を使った緊縛で知られる。

 

縛りをエロスと捉えるだけでなく、ポップな解釈やアートへの昇華も得意とし、特に自然(木や岩など)や空間までも縛るユニークな作品性は評価されている。近年はパフォーマンス以外に、写真や映像によるアートワークも精力的に発表。縛りと撮影、演出のすべてを手がける。また国内のみならず、パリ、ロンドン、ミュンヘンなど20以上の主要都市で公演やワークショップを行っており、海外での認知度も高い。日本を代表する縄のスペシャリスト。

 

 

ステイトメント

 

私にとって縛りとは、「つながり」です。
誰かを縛る時、とらえる、縛りつけるといった感覚ではなく、相手との『つながり』を一番に感じます。 縄は糸電話のように相手と自分とを結びつける、そんな感覚になります。相手の事を大切だ!と強く想い縛ると、相手が縄を通してほしい箇所、タイミング、してほしい強さなど様々を感じ取ることができ、それに応じて縛ることができます。その感覚で縛れた時につくり出されるラインは、波が岩肌を削り崖ができるように、まるで大自然のなか出来上がったような、自分とその相手だけのラインとなります。私はそれが素晴らしく、美しいと感じます。

僕にとって追い求めている縛りは、それです。

 

 

縄の経歴

 

2001年に自分の交際していた女性が縛りが好きだったのがきっかけで、夢子氏のアドバイスを受けながら独学で縛りを学ぶ。
その後2003年ごろからKinokoが店長をしていたフェティッシュバーにて、TERU氏始め、様々な縛り好きな客と交流し、アドバイスを聞いたり見て真似、実力をつける。
その店内で明智伝鬼氏の講習会を行いKinoko自身も習い人間を縛るという意味を知る。
2008年頃に明智伝鬼氏の生徒でもあり、TERU氏の先生でもある神凪氏のレッスンを受ける。きめ細かく美しい縛りは、ここで学び、現状Kinoko主宰の一縄会が教える後手縛りは、神凪氏の後手縛りをベースにカスタマイズしたもの。
その翌年、神凪氏が引退を発表し、業界から数年間去った。
その後、縛りに対して迷いがあった時期に再度、習おうと神凪氏を訪ねるが縛りの世界と関わらないという事だったので、それを断念。

その間に、雪村春樹氏と出会い、数年間レッスンを受ける。雪村氏から、モデルとの接する姿勢や縛りによって女性の身体のラインを上手く出す技などを学ぶ。

 

また、2009年に狩野千秋氏の誘いで緊縛写真界の巨匠・杉浦則夫氏の撮影現場に彼女の手伝いとしてはいる。狩野氏が引退後にKinoko本人も手伝いではなく縛り師として杉浦氏の現場に入る様になる。
団鬼六の世界を受け継ぎ、様々な縛り師とコラボしてきた杉浦氏の現場で昔ながらの和の縛りを今も学んでいる。
Kinokoは、2013年頃から緊縛写真を始め、作家活動を行なってる。この杉浦氏のマインドが主軸となり、多大な影響を受けている。

他、Kinokoが一般人に対して緊縛の良さを知ってほしいという気持ちでやっている。一般人に多大な指示を受け、緊縛の作品を作る荒木経惟氏に対しても影響を受けている。