(Photo copyright Max Hodges)
Ever heard of Osada Steve? If you’re not a regular on the traditional Japanese bondage scene, you may not have, but within the shibari houses of Tokyo’s seedy Kabukicho district, he’s the Man. Shibari, also known as kinbaku, is the Japanese art of erotic bondage, differentiated from Western bondage by its focus on ties that actively pleasure the bottom, as well as its minimalist, often asymmetric, aesthetic. While not the only culture to enjoy tying their lovers up, the Japanese may be more open about it than most; here’s a demonstration of the shibari “rope harness” on the prime-time comedy show Yarisugi Koji:
Osada Steve is one of the few living grandmasters of this art (yes, in Japan there’s a grandmaster for everything), and he teaches classes, performs live, and runs a great Shibari-oriented website.
The star student of Osada Eikichi, usually recognized as popularizing shibari and bringing it into the Japanese mainstream, he is the first and last word in traditional Japanese rope arts, and mesmerizing to watch- his hands dance over his subject, rhythmically and deliberately, as he combines sexual power-play and minimalist art. A review of Osada Steve performing at Loft Plus One captures the essence of performance shibari, a stage art exclusive to Japan:
A moonlit stage and a large, gently moving, white cloth bag create an air of mystery and conjure up a world of the surreal where anything might happen as if in a dream. Luckily for us this pouch contains and this dream revolves around the ravishing Asagi Ageha, Steve’s partner of choice of late and a beautiful girl that’s fast becoming a major star in the Tokyo SM nightclub scene.
After emerging from her silky cocoon the butterfly Ageha is captured in a beautifully executed Tasuki shibari before being lifted aloft by Steve into a graceful Aomuke zuri (face-up suspension) and spun as if on a silken web. This is a gorgeous image of kinbaku and worthy of the great Akechi Denki. Without missing a beat Steve then folds his partner into a graceful ball and suspends her head down for more vertiginous spins. The effect is dramatic as the sensei propels the bound and spinning girl out and over the audience before treating her to a thorough waxing that leaves her dazed.
By now these partners have performed so often that every move is picture perfect and the intimate understanding between them always results in great drama and beauty. This is one dream it’s a shame to wake up from.
Hear an exclusive interview with the man himself, as well as walking narration that unlocks the secrets of all the dark stairwells and neon facades just east of Shinjuku station, with the Tokyo Realtime: Kabukicho guide from White Rabbit Press.
Resting your head on a gentle, yielding, giant bosom is a pleasure no one should be without. This Oppai Pillow is made of soft memory foam, for the perfect combination of supple and supportive. Not only is it the only pillow you’ll ever need, but you can also use it as a cushion!
Get the rest you need with the breasts you knead (lol). Get your Oppai Pillow from KanojoToys.com.
It took a while, but the famous Honey Bath Gel is back on the market and better than ever! if you don’t know already, Honey instantly creates a sensual and slippery bath after being added to a full tub of warm water. Put it in, stir it up, and in just a few moments you’ll have a tub filled with thick, sexy, collagen lotion!
Honey is good for creating soft skin, but it’s even better for a sexy bath on your own or with a partner. The lotion glides all over the skin and makes contact with your partner a new experience all over again.
Honey Bath Gel is non-toxic, safe for your drains, and easy to use. You’ll never look at your bath water the same way again. Available from the KanojoToys.com online store.
Ever dreamed of a 3-way with two sexy sisters who want nothing more than to give you pleasure? I almost had it once, but that was years ago and I blew it by getting too excited too quickly (true story). So, when we spotted these new onaholes from Toy’s Heart I couldn’t help but think back and smack myself on the forehead.
The Sexy Sister Series has both the older and younger sisters in versions that aim to recreate the real thing.
The Innocent Younger Sister (right side) is tight and full of nubs to grab you in all new ways, but the Sexy Older Sister is more bent on experience. Her hole swirls more than grabs, intent on bringing you over the edge much more subtly.
Both, however, are amazing, and are made of Safeskin, which means that they’re extremely soft and perfect for sensitive skin. You can find these lovely sisters and many more in the KanojoToys online shop.
Mieki no Hinkaku is one of our best sellers, particularly because it’s the most realistic onahole we carry in the shop. The brand is now expanding to include perfectly molded versions of our favorite JAV porn stars, beginning with the lovely Maria Ozawa!
The Meiki no Hinkaku: Maria Ozawa is a perfectly molded version of our favorite half-Japanese star. It’s a handful to be sure, but its large size makes it all the more realistic.
You can get a taste of Maria all over the web to be sure, but now you can have a little private time with her to yourself.
Tokyo’s red light district of Kabukicho is renowned as being the hub of sin and vice in heart of Shinjuku. It’s not the only area of course, but it does have a very large concentration of host and hostess clubs, bars, restaurants, soaplands (brothels), and lots of fun-loving crowds of men and women out for a good time.
Setting foot in this area can be intimidating for foreign visitors. Aside from the fact that foreigners are subtly prohibited from entering the more fun places, the types of folks in Kabukicho are very different from what you’ll find in Ginza, Shibuya, and other tourist-friendly places. Even for those well-acquainted with Tokyo, Kabukicho still has its mysteries hidden behind big doors with scary guys wearing earpieces standing in front of them. You won’t find a swingers club unless you already know where you’re going.
While it’s not an erotic guide to getting you into the best Tokyo soaplands, White Rabbit Press’ Tokyo Realtime: Kabukicho is a new audio guide aimed at letting you know what on earth is going on in that den of fun and sin.
The including an area map and photo book, the audio guide is perfect for putting onto an audio players and taking to the streets for an hour of highly educational wandering whether you’re coming to Tokyo or not.
Now, once you’ve arrived and are comfortable with the area, you can take the next step and venture through some of those forbidden doors. We have, but like the rest of the locals we prefer to keep our favorite swingers club secret
Get your own audio guide to Kabukicho, acclaimed by Playboy magazine, from KanojoToys.com.
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