The beauty of Japanese Shibari on stage

Next Saturday August 29th the studio will see its first shibari performance night, and we are proud to welcome on stage a wonderful rope artist joining us straight from Japan: the beautiful and talented Kasumi Hourai.

Kasumi and her model on stage

Kasumi-san (right) with her model (left) in traditional kimonos.

Kasumi-san will be in town for the week teaching a 4-day Masterclass to our most advanced students, so the performance night is free for those attending this. However, we also have 20 special tickets for those who would like a chance to witness the beauty and harmony of Kasumi-san’s shibari in a cosy intimate setting.

Kasumi suspended in Naka Akira's rope

Kasumi-san also models in rope. Here she is tied in Akira Naka’s rope.

Kasumi Hourai is a Japanese rigger who has 16 years of experience of Kinbaku, and was taught the art of shibari by Akechi Denki, Hajime Kinoko, and more recently Akira Naka. During these last years, she has developed a personal technique of kinbaku combined with other Japanese traditional disciplines like ‘wabisabi’ and the art of wearing kimono. Her style is full of emotions and harmony reflecting the essence of Japanese beauty.

For me, rope and play allows to bring partners psychologically closer together and create and exchange between individuals. Through rope, it is possible to select certain emotions and make them come out.

Rope is just a tool, but when it is used properly with intentions, it can reach the partner and you can work on someone’s psychology.

It is not simply a question of tying a body and creating a beautiful body line, but a matter of how you can reveal the inner beauty hidden inside a human being.

The most important thing is coming from the way one is treating the other, a trustful relationship is built well before the ropes come out.

– Kasumi-san

Tickets for this performance night can be found here.

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