Kurogame and Shiawase – Semenawa

Kurogami and Shiawase

Two days intensive workshop

We will start with the study of the Takate-Kote (TK) in the style of Kinbaku LuXuria by Riccardo Wildties and we will go through the first ties of the style.  We will see how to apply simple principles and skills to our bondage and we let the journey start: we will introduce what semenawa is and step by step we will deal with the beauty of suffering, which is the core of the style.

The workshop will cover:

  • TK (2-3 ropes) as adapted by Wildties from Naka-ryu to improve safety without losing the spirit
  • Semenawa floor-work ties
  • Basic suspensions of the style
  • Traditional Japanese style aesthetics

Workshop tickets are £195.00 per tying pair and can be found here…


  • Rigger must be able to tie a stable 2-ropes TK in any style.
  • Rigger must be able to efficiently tie any kind of double and single column tie.
  • Models should be confident with TK / Gote
  • Both rigger and model should be confident with basic suspensions
  • 12 ropes (natural fibre) will be required. Suggested size: 5-6mm diameter and 7-7.5m length.


Andrea Kurogami, 31 years old. In 2014 he met Shiawase and they became partners in life. Together, they started to study Japanese bondage at the end of 2016, with Riccardo and Red Sabbath. From that moment on, their way of living bondage changed. In 2017 Kurogami and Shiawase created Kinkyphilia, a project for sharing their way to live alternative sexuality and especially the way they live kinbaku. In February 2018 Kurogami became a Kinbaku LuXuria’s certified educator, definitely matching Riccardo’s educational values.


Kinbaku LuXuria is a traditional style, which directly descends from Naka-ryu. Riccardo introduced a technical re-engineering in order to make the style fit with Western body types that didn’t undermine the original spirit of the style. Semenawa, the tormenting rope, is the word that better resume the mood of this style.

There will be a performance in the evening on the Saturday night followed by open playing. Tickets for the performance and play night are available to buy separately.

All tickets can be found on the event ticket page here…

WykD or Wild II

Exploring the parallels and paradigms of two approaches to kinbaku.

WykD or Wild?

Even better this weekend will be WykD and Wild!

WykD Dave and Riccardo Wildties are two of the most sought after Kinbaku educators in Europe. Their styles are very different… or maybe not?

In this workshop WykD Dave and Wildties will analyse their own Kinbaku in technique, aesthetics and communication.

You will see highlights of their similarities, differences and contrasting approaches to the same challenges.

From their way of tying the gote (TK), to the use of rope as a mean for communication, Dave and Riccardo, with the help of their expert partners Clover and Redsabbath, will give you a unique insight into the elements of their style kinbaku and give exercises to work with these their styles and explore your own.


  • Good command of the gote (TK / box tie).
  • Suspension experience.
  • Ability to lock off on bamboo.

Tickets are £500 per couple. You can purchase your tickets in two payments. The first before the end of April and the second by the end of August.

Price includes the show night and play part on Saturday.

Email us at webmaster@studiokokoro.co.uk to confirm that you meet the prerequisites and we will send you the ticket purchase link and passcode.

Rope for sale via the Studio Kokoro

Purple, pink, red and natural 6mm Jute rope for Shibari / Kinbaku

We now have rope for sale via the studio so please let us know if you would like to purchase some and we will have it at the studio ready for you to collect and maybe use while you’re there.

We have red, pink, purple (Ogawa) and natural rope (Anatomie) for sale.

Here are some images and prices. The more you buy the better value you get.

Purple, pink, red and natural Jute rope for Shibari / Kinbaku
Purple, pink, red and natural Jute rope for Shibari / Kinbaku
Pink Ogawa 6mm Jute rope
Pink Ogawa 6mm Jute rope
Purple Ogawa 6mm Jute rope
Purple Ogawa 6mm Jute rope
Red Ogawa 6mm Jute rope
Red Ogawa 6mm Jute rope
Natural 6mm Jute rope
Natural 6mm Jute rope

All our rope is finished with an overhand knot.

Knoted ends on natural jute rope
Knoted ends on natural jute rope

So here’s the prices bit!

Number of hanks Narural Coloured
6 £49.00 £114.00
9 £70.00 £165.00
12 £90.00 £211.00

A huge thank you

We’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone involved in the opening of studio Kokoro. So many people, old friends and new have contributed to making it a possibility.

We genuinely would never have been able to open without the support and help we received. We will always be grateful for those efforts.

It was wonderful for us to see everyone having a good time at the opening. It gave us such a warm feeling and made us sure we were where we were meant to be.

The feeling of community and warmth through the whole opening weekend was incredible. Thank you all for being a part of that feeling and wonderful experience.

We really hope to foster a feeling of community and warmth at the studio and hope we will see you all again along with new visitors and friends in future.

We really want to build a thriving rope scene here and see lots of great rope in the studio.

We thank you a again from the bottom of our hearts.

D & C

Rope techniques and application.

As part of our wanting to welcome people to the studio, we also wanted to give newcomers to rope bondage a good start. We would like to introduce this one-off practical (no TK) class suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners and those would would like to improve their fundamental skills and understanding.

There will be information for both bottoms and tops useful to both perspectives and a rope bottom 101 introduction to being in rope. All attendees will get a copy of Clover’s rope bottom guide to take away with them along with a printout of our most recommended warm up exercises!

You will learn fundamental skills and techniques which will be applicable to all your rope work will be covered with applications and practice and work with forms including leg ties, strappado, and upper body ties.

The class will include floorwork and practical exercises to help you explore applying the techniques explored during the day.

We will focus on going past ego and focus wholeheartedly on the person you’re with. We will discuss the concept of working to reach the stage where tying doesn’t get in the way of connection and so many things are involved in getting to that point.

The class itself will run from 10:00-18:00 and optional open tying jam until 23:00

This class will be followed by an optional open tying session where you can play and enjoy the skills you have learned during the day. Clover and Dave will be on hand to answer any follow up questions from the days class.

This Class is taught by WykD_Dave and Clover

What to bring? Yourselves and some rope if you have it, we have some communal rope for you to use if you do not have any.

What to wear? Clothes comfortable for tying in, fitness, dance or yoga clothes are fine as well as underwear.

Tickets available here!

Welcome to Studio Kokoro

Studio Kokoro header

Kokoro (Japanese: 心) and means ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ’emotion’, ‘spirit’, ‘soul’,  we feel is a good sentiment for our studio.

Studio Kokoro is something of a dream for us but one we’re now making reality.

Like everything in our life this is a partnership and a shared dream to which we bring complimentary skills and ambitions.

We want very much to create a unique space with its own personality capable of hosting a variety of events and activities. We hope it will develop along with its use and the people who become part of its life.

The studio will be a space for photography and rope but will not be limited to those uses.

There will be a list of events very soon once we have dates confirmed.

We will also be running some regular events throughout the year as well as intensive workshops.

We have visited a great many great rope spaces around the world.
We wish to acknowledge their inspiration in our decision to create our own space with Studio Kokoro.

We would like to extend our gratitude to both Naka Akira and Sugiura Norio for their help and input in the naming of Kokoro Studio. We didn’t want to choose an inappropriate name and wanted to make sure this name worked for the reasons we wanted it.

A few images

The place is a bit of a mess at the moment but here are a few shots to be going on with.

We will be putting up more information and some progress pictures as we go along.