Review: The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage

Since I’ve been on FetLife, I’ve marveled a bit at all of the rope work.  It’s so pretty and sexy looking.  While I don’t want to be bound, I do like the look of the harnesses and such.  When The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage popped up for review from Good Vibrations, I had to nab it.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Adult Information Book
  • Author:  Midori
  • Publisher:  Greenery Press
  • Pages:  163
  • Size:  8.5″ x 11″ x 0.5″
  • Price:  $27.95
  • Pros:  Great art work; Good images; Easy to follow instructions;
  • Cons:  No information on how to tie basic knots (for those of us that can barely tie our shoes)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if have some basic knowledge of knots and rope

the seductive art of japanese bondage

The cover

The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage is a fairly large book.  It’s about 8.5″ wide and 11″ tall.  It’s not too thick though, only about half an inch thick.  The cover has a large image of Midori herself posted with a lady in rope bondage.  While the bound woman is naked, the ropes are positioning such that  nothing is exposed.  I think the cover is tastefully done, though it is probably not something you want to leave out for non-kinky friends (or parents!) to see.  The spine of the book also says the entire name of the book, so it may not be great to leave exposed on a bookshelf either.  The back of the book has some details about the book and the author.

The book itself is divided into three sections:  The Heart, The Body, and The Techniques.  The first section contains the introduction as well as some details about the history and beauty.  This section also has a step analysis of a scene.  They have a scene written out from the Top and bottoms point of view and then they analyze different parts and why they were good things to do.  I think this was a very beneficial thing, especially for someone that has no experience yet.  While people who have been involved in BDSM play will think some of the tips are obvious, it may not be obvious to all.  The biggest thing that stuck out for me was talking about how physically demanding bondage can be.  I had never really thought about it or would have suggested someone stretch before being bound.  After the suggestion though, it makes so much sense.  The Body section talks mostly about rope.  Since I know pretty much nothing, I had never thought about things.  Midori explains how to select your rope, where to find it, and even how to care for it.  She also talks about safety concerns which I think is always an important topic.  At the very end she also talks about aftercare and how to remove the rope.

the seductive art of japanese bondage

A sample picture from the book

The very last section contains step by step instructions with some illustrations of some bondage positions.  Each position also starts with a full color picture of a model in the type of bondage described.  Each model is different and there are male and female models and slight variations in body type.  In some of the pictures Midori also appears as part of the scene.  I really like that the pictures are there to show you what it actually looks like on a real person.  In reading over the step by step instructions, they appear to be fairly easy to follow.  The illustrations are also helpful to better visualize what you are trying to achieve.  But I do have one problem with the instructions, she doesn’t describe how to tie some of the knots.  In the beginning, she was talking about how you don’t need to know how to tie fancy knots and then listed a few that are good to know.  To put it one way, I can tie my shoes, but that’s about it.  I know pretty much nothing about knots and rope.  When I got to something I didn’t know, I flipped around the book, but there was no descriptions anywhere.  The pictures only help so much here, it’s difficult to visualize how to tie it when you have no clue how to do it.  While she does include resources on knot tying and other bondage, but it was a little frustrating for me to not be able to use the book until I do more research.  The good thing though is that she also gives ways to modify and add to the positions she describes.

Overall, I think that The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage is a good beginner bondage book.  However, if you’re like me and know nothing about rope and knots, I suggest you also do some research on simple knots or pick up a book on that too.  Once you know how to make the basic knots, you’ll be able to work through all the positions in this book.  It gives a great overview of some basic positions and good ideas on how to expand on them.  It’s also great about covering all the safety facts that rope noobs will need to know.  And if you’re going to be practicing what you’re reading, be sure to pick up some safety shears and some rope.

*This review was sponsored by Good Vibrations, the product was sent to me free of charge to provide my honest opinion with no form of compensation*

1 comment to Review: The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage

  • Pixel

    Midori gives great book, and I love love love the pics in this. I do agree that this isn’t a book for total beginners, though, and recommend checking out the videos on twoknottyboys.com and twistedmonk.com for some great beginner tutorials to supplement it.

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