Although he is known as the Atrocious Nawashi, Kazami Ranki's Kinbaku truly highlights the nature and spirit of the woman in her tied element. He believes the model should be tied to enhance her beauty, while still feeling the strength and power of the bondage. He is the organizer of SM events mainly in Tokyo and Osaka, including his regular event LIBIDO "Bakuetsu no Utage" "Kinbakuyugi-Gekitotsu". He is also holding regular live shows around Japan and Internationally and has appeared in numerous DVDs. He has been tying for around 25 years, with 20 of those years in a professional capacity.
Internationally he has performed and taught in London at the Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage and in Australia at the Sydney Rope Festival as well as other individual workshop events in the UK, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Taipei and Europe.
In Japan since 1996 he has performed and taught at a large number of events, including DX Kabukicho, Circle M, Tokyo Ultimania, O-Nawa Asobi, Demon Rope Festival, 3 Bakushi Concert, just to name a few.
He is the head of the Kazami-Ryu school of Kinbaku, with schools in Australia and Canada.
Kazami Ranki will be visiting Sydney to run workshops 31st August to 2nd September and will also be available for private tuition. See Kazami Ranki 2018 for details and tickets
Japanese Kinbakushi, Nawashi, Rope Artist, Torture Rope Master (Semenawashi), Mistress, and Performer of Cirque Shibari.
Akechi Denki had a profound influence on Nawashi Kanna during their formative years as a kinbakushi in the late nineties to early 2000’s. In 2002-2005 years, they collaborated a lot together and although their time together was short, it was a very prolific period in his life.
Nawashi Kanna was deeply affected by loss of their Master who passed away in 2005, and as such remained out of the public eye for a couple years. In 2010 they came back to rope and began a blog “Restarting from zero” and began performing and teaching again.
Before their official comeback, Nawashi Kanna taught a lot of Kinbaku lovers including professional mistresses and rope artists such as Osada Steve, Hajime Kinoko and Mistress Hibiki who play an active part globally. Together they have all helped spread his Kinbaku style to the younger generation, not only Japan but the rest of the world.
And now that they have returned to the rope scene, Nawashi Kanna teaches directly and shares their style to Kinbaku lovers in private tuitions or workshops all over the world.
Also known as Kanna Akechi, Mistress KANNA and Kanna Kawai.
Japanese Kinbaku Model, Femsub(M-jyo), Former Porn Actress and Performer of Cirque Shibari.
As partner of Nawashi Kanna from 2006, she supports his activities, such as performing on a stage with him, teaching workshops and holding Kannawa Kinbaku salon and events together.
KaguRa belongs (models) exclusively Kanna.
Some writing from KaguRa…
She was able to get the actual feeling that she is alive by feeling a pain before.
And she met with SM, with the partner who felt that he was better half.
Because the SM is an act accepting a partner each other, it is felt so that it is permitted that I live. And because SM is also an act of the communication of the life, it is happiness for her that is felt joy controlled life and death.
Especially in Kinbaku (BDSM) act, she can leave the body in comfort and sense of security, though compulsory under a partner’s rule.
The body is restrained, but the mind is released.
She faces both oneself and the partner, and they can have a dialog of the mind during session.
Therefore, she likes Kinbaku, because it is strongly felt a connection and relief now.
Hourai Kasumi is a highly respected Japanese Kinbakushi from Nagoya. Initially self taught, at 19 years old Kasumi decided to go to Tokyo in order to study under Akechi Denki in 1999.
Since then she has has learnt from a variety of highly respected sources. Kasumi spent time training with Hajime Kinoko as a member of 'Ichinawakai' where she learnt a lot about the discipline itself.
Then in 'Salon Kitagawa' she received instruction from Kitagawa on carabiner-less techniques and many different locks and knots as part of a logical, beautiful and efficient system.
Having had the opportunity to have an exchange with Akira Naka, Kasumi then developed a strong fascination with his work and in 2015 dedicated herself to study Naka Ryu with a passion. From the beauty of Akira Naka's rope work and his attention to detail, Kasumi sensed what she felt was the soul of a traditional japanese 'craftsman' - the ability to give complete attention to detail focusing not only on aesthetics but on intention as well. This caused her fascination with him to grow even more. From these experiences, Kasumi developed a strong desire to create a personal archive in order to keep a record of her own experiences as a rope bottom (bottoming for Akira Naka for DVD, performances and photoshoots in collaboration with Norio Sugiura). Since then Kasumi has spent more and more time learning from Akira Naka and then started being called on by Norio Sugiura to help in his studio as a rigger. This inspired her further towards the more classical and traditional form of Kinbaku.
At the end of 2016, Kasumi was officially recognised by Akira Naka as his second disciple. Kasumi followed Riccardo Wildties to become one of only two people in the world to become officially certified to teach Naka Ryu. Moving into the future, Kasumi’s focus is to not only teach the form of Naka style but to also transmit its soul: the warmth, the humanism, and the love that we can feel through his 'seme' (his threats) in his rope. Kasumi also incorporates her own style of rope. A fusion of Kinbaku with more traditional Japanese personal tastes. Established in her own passion for traditional Japanese culture and her own understanding and sensitivity to it. Kasumi endeavours to teach this, not only with words but in real life with demonstrations. Currently, Kasumi is using all of her experiences as a rigger, working for photo studios on collaborations with the goal of expanding the sense and beauty with three-dimensional photography. She also travels the world to share her passion for Kinbaku.
Mistress HIBIKI is on the front lines as an SM performer, director and producer. She is highly admired in her native Japan and abroad.
HIBIKI performs glamorous and strong “Rope Bondage” shows around the world and she has received critical acclaim for her performances.
Some of her signature performances include:
Demonia (Paris, France）
WasteLand (Amsterdam, Netherlands）
Euro Perve (Amsterdam, Netherlands）
Torture Garden (London, England）
Montreal Fetish Weekend (Montreal, Canada）
Fetish Factory (Florida, America）
A personal message from Mistress HIBIKI:
SM is the ”Ultimate Love Game” for me.
A Mistress is a storyteller who will lead you to a place you want to go at exactly the moment you want to go there.
Come make your best stories with me.
Osada Steve, born in Germany, is a Japanese Kinbaku artist, stage performer, and educator. Until settling down in Japan, he has lived in various regions of Asia for almost half a decade
Osada Steve developed a passion for Japanese rope arts, back in 1998, after taking up his old profession as a photographer in Tokyo, he started apprenticing Kinbaku and quickly became not only a close personal friend, assistant, and student, but perhaps, one may say ”nawa deshi” of the late Grand Master Osada Eikichi. Having resided in Tokyo for over 30 years and done Bondage since 1998, Osada Steve has learned the rope arts the truly hard way as a “gaijin” (foreigner), Osada Steve has become widely recognized both in and outside Japan as one of the world’s most skilled rope artists and evolving professional stage performers. By combining his many years of teaching experience from the martial arts with his vision to join up the traditional Japanese dojo environment in a system of learning the basics of Kinbaku, Osada Ryu was born.
Osada Steve teaches Kinbaku to be an effective, yet safe way of ropes with his so far quite unparallelled schooling system. The Osada Ryu offers the student a both mindful, spiritual, entertaining and personally as well as technically challenging journey of learning the ropes. Though it may seem fairly simple, yet it took an “outsider” to join together the historic Japanese traditions to form a path of basic Kinbaku learning. Osada Steve’s love and passion for Japanese tradition and combining the culture of both today and the past, seems reflected everywhere in his way of mastering the rope arts as we see him continuously evolving and challenging his own skills. Because he seems to never stop evolving, he seems to always being able to challenge his students to go further and encourages them to find their own path and expression.
As Osada Steve Sensei keeps studying further and digging even deeper into Kinbaku, his devotion seems to be powered by passion and eager curiosity with a clear and present benefit to his students worldwide, as Sensei gladly passes on his life’s achievements to people who may want to study with sufficient patience and respecting the basics. Osada Ryu enables students to find their own path over time by learning to challenge their skills and creativity through mindful practice and repetitions thus systematically building a solid foundation of basic skills, and by adding personal reflection and understanding to the process.
For a full list of his achievements please check out his website.
Studio Kink Sydney is extremely honoured to be hosting Osada Steve here in Sydney on his first visit outside of Japan in the last 5 years.
Satomi Zpira began her career as an entertainer in 2000. Living in Japan since 1999 she studied traditional music (koto) and dance (nihon buyou), tea ceremony and kitsuke (the art of kimono wearing).
She was taken under Oda Hisashi’s (student of Osada Eikichi) wing in 2001 and embarked on a two year apprenticeship to study Shibari.
Since then her wide repertoire of skills has brought her to all four corners of the world, mixing burlesque elements, Japanese rope bondage and pyrotechnics.
She often finds herself on the stage of world famous fetish events such as Torture Garden (London, Toronto, Rome, Athens) or Wasteland (Amsterdam), and various Body Art festivals & high events most notably for Vivienne Westwood (Tokyo), Sonia Rikyel (Paris) and Agent Provocateur (Moscow).
A multifaceted and mysterious character, she has also published with her french husband photographer and film maker Lukas Zpira a photography book (Tokyolovedoll by Pan-Exotica) and has graced covers of magazines such as Skin Two, Elegy, Burst and more.
Pedro’s decade-plus obsession with rope started in 2003 in Tokyo. In 2004, a new journey began when he took classes with Nawashi Akechi Denki Sensei. After the Sensei’s death (2005-07-17), he continued to study with Nawashi Kanna (formerly Akechi Kanna) – both of whom remain strong influences on his style today. He frequently travels to Japan to keep alive his passion for rope, studies and research. Since there are so many rope salons in Tokyo, with so many talented rope people, if one keeps one’s heart and eyes open, one will definitely learn a lot about Japan and it’s rope culture. This amazing odyssey in kinbaku has allowed him to meet/see/learn from so many great people; such as Yukimura Haruki, Nureki Chimuo, Naka Akira, Randa Mai, Miura Takumi, Hajime Kinoko to name a few… Recently he started to look more closely at Naka Akira’s style, especially after the workshop he presented at Berlin in January 2014. In addition, he has investigated a number of Hojojutsu patterns, as well as it’s history.
Over the years, Pedro has performed mainly in Portugal (residing in Lisbon), but also has made appearances across Europe (including the famed "London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage”), U.S. (including the famed "Bondage Expo Dallas”) and Japan. He has been teaching for several years now in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Czech Republic, U.K., U.S.A., Canada and Australia. The topics Pedro teaches are vast, he usually adjusts his classes to the level of the participants – from beginner to experienced.
Gestalta was first introduced to shibari in 2007. Initially drawn purely to the visuals of rope that she discovered in the work of photographers such as Nobyoshi Araki, she began to seek out bondage practitioners within the UK. As she familiarised herself with the experience first hand soon developed an appreciation for, (obsession with, and addiction to) the effects of rope and, through that, sadomasochism more generally. She is both a model and a rigger – absorbing much of her rigging technique as a natural process of observation and experience as a model, and in this respect has been extremely fortunate in the riggers she has had the opportunity to work with throughout her rope journey in both the west and Japan. She first found rope bondage as a form of performance in 2009, and first began teaching in around 2014. Due to her understanding of rope from the perspectives of both a rigger and a model the focus of her teaching has been to create an understanding for both sides. She has taught and/or performed as a rigger and/or model in Japan, Australia, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Czech, Switzerland, Russia, Portugal and others.