— 17 candles


Almost forgot that one: In July (2013) turned 17, one year short of the legal drinking age in some states.

That’s occasion enough for a little pop quiz. Suppose you answer all three of the following questions correctly. In that case you will be eligible for a draw to win a complimentary lesson (read: shibari training) by Osada Steve at the Osada-ryu Honbu Dojo (free accommodation at the dojo included).

And here we go:

1) In what year did first go online?

2) Does the site feature tutorials?

3) Are there other sites preceding that explain the secrets of shibari/kinbaku in English?

All answers are cleverly hidden here. is now history (pun intended). But if you wish to elevate your kinbaku skills and reach a new level of understanding what the art of Japanese rope bondage has in store for you, check out Osada Steve’s tutorial website.


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  1. 1.
    2. tutorials:

    Congraz. You are the first responder, and all your answers are correct.

  2. Correct answers as follows:
    1. 1996
    2. Yes, features tutorials
    3. is the first such site — ever
    Now that the answers have been revealed, the offer to win free tuition in Osada-ryu closes.
    This pop quiz was actually a cleverly disguised survey to identify how many visitors are drawn to TokyoBound. I am happy to report that there are no less than two alert readers — BOTH of them herewith declared winners.

    Stay tuned, the next chance to win free tuition is scheduled for July, 2026.

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