How-To rope bondage books are quite the staple around here. As fun as going off on your own and making new ties is, Master and me both enjoy the new ideas and inspiration that come with learning more and different knots from different places. Midori is someone whose work I have really admired for a long time, and I have known her name since I first began my own kinky expedition years ago. However, much though I love Midori, I had never owned any of her books. The Seductive Art Of Japanese Bondage is the first Midori book that I have ever owned, and both Master and me really have been enjoying it.
For starters: If you are someone who has never ever touched rope before, and you’re looking to find a book to help you, you may want to start with a more basic book. While this isn’t exactly an advanced user only book, I’m not sure that the absolute beginner will be able to make heads and tails of some of these more complicated harnesses and ties. If you have never touched rope before, I think an amazing starting point for you would be Jay Wiseman’s Erotic Bondage Handbook. Japanese rope bondage is a beautiful art, and can be marvelously complex, but it is rarely a good beginning point for someone who has no idea what to do with rope. Save this particular book for when you have at least a little bit of experience.
The book is pretty large in size: 8.5″ by 11″. This isn’t the sort of book that you can quietly slip into a purse and carry anywhere with you. (Well, unless you’ve got a huge purse, though you might get the cover all roughed up in there). I do enjoy the large size because it makes it easier to follow along with the pictures. A smaller book might be more difficult to leave out while you’re working.
The book contains several sections:
- The Heart
- The Body
In Section One, “The Heart”, you’ll get some introductory information, as well as a brief history of rope in japan.
In Section Two, “The Body”, you’ll get some information on the types of rope you may or may not find useful to you, as well as some safety concerns.
In Section Three “Techniques”, you’ll get lots of fun info and instructions on.. You guessed it: Japanese rope ties! This section was my favorite, because Master and me have lots of experience with rope already, so the other sections were more of a refresher course and a lot of repetition that we already knew. For a beginner, I definitely think it would be helpful, though.
Here’s a page from the book. As you can see, the illustrations are easy to understand, and there are several steps to each tie, breaking them down and making them easier to understand. Each tie also has its own glossy, beautifully photographed page displaying the tie for you. The pictures in the book are all photographed by Craig Morey. His images are beautiful, and they make me want to try each and every tie!
I also really love how the book shows both men as well as women bound. Those who enjoy playing with both genders will find this to be even more fun and sexy.
The final section of the book which contains technique, also contains a bit about aftercare, and the sorts of things that Midori herself likes to do. I love her tone in the few books of hers I have read (this may be my first book, but I’ve read others since it), and I particularly like how she never flat out tells you what to do, just the things that she personally enjoys doing.
Master and me both really have enjoyed this book, and while we have tried several of the ties, I am certain there are many, many more hours to be spent with rope, this book, and Master’s patient hands. I’m giving the book five paws:Thank you so much, GoodVibes, for allowing me the opportunity to try this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.