What does Kokoro mean?

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

In the context of rope it is the spirit and connection of those tying, sharing and engaging together. It is more than rope or the style and comes down to how we engage and share with one another. This is something we have felt a huge part of our own rope journey since we started tying together and we feel this is a good sentiment for our studio.

It is our hope that guests will embrace the heart and spirit of Kokoko while in our space.

When we mention community, we feel it is important to clarify what we mean. At Kokoro when using the term community we refer to those who are a regular part of the space, committed to and invested in the ethos.

At Studio Kokoro we are committed to cultivating the following ethos;

  • Consent and Negotiation. We hope to foster a consent centred culture and a community where people are at ease negotiating and feel confident to say no. When asking others to tie and to avoid predatory behaviour, we ask if you want to tie with someone you let them know, for example, “I would be interested in tying with you sometime, if that interests you please let me know.” Taking the pressure off for an instant response.
  • Dismantle pedestal culture or perceptions. At Kokoro we understand the privilege that comes with running a rope studio or being associated with the studio. We try to be approachable and remember we are human and we can make mistakes, we therefore would ask you to vet us just like anyone else. We don’t have all of the answers and encourage feedback and suggestions. As a team we strive to deliver on our expectations, are open to feedback and held to the same standards as any other guest in the space.
  • Cocreating Community. We hope to cultivate a culture where we can all be accountable in community with one another, calling in when you see things that aren’t right and joint responsibility for an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. We want all of our attendees to feel they can bring their authentic selves to Kokoro and truly be a part of the community.  
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. For Studio Kokoro full statement please see here. We are committed to a space where everyone can feel welcome. We are committed to supporting future leaders of the global rope community and changing the landscape of those leaders to include more representation. To support this we offer free tickets to Black, Asian and those from marginalised groups to all our online classes. We hope to offer our Inclusion collaboration events once we can run events without social distancing. We are dedicated to developing our own knowledge through personal research on Inclusion and how we can be better at Studio Kokoro.
  • Rope is for everyone. We are a sex-positive and body-positive space. We appreciate that rope means different things to different people and this can present in very different approaches and styles. This can mean that you may see styles or approaches to rope that you personally do not like, and ask you to respect those different approaches and move on. We want to provide a space where all styles of rope can be practised. We are committed to preserving the erotic history of Shibari and Kinbaku and as a result you may also see more erotic approaches to rope at the studio.