Learning that a photographic hero and inspiration, Norio Sugiuar would be there. Getting nervous about meeting him. Being so pleased to meet him and having the chance to get a print in person.Takeshi Nagaike san’s good humour, charm and old school tying style. It was very much a pleasure to meet him.

Getting to go to the Andersen Japanese gardens for the first time, picking up some nice hashi. Visiting the Asian market on the way back and getting an Agatsuma CD I didn’t have.

Saki Kamijoo san just being so infectiously fun and instantly fitting into the mind as one of those people that you’re just always glad to see.

Having some time with Milla Reika san and discovering the sweet, un-egotistical, enthusiastic and grounded person behind the mistress image.

Iambic9 for being one of the most unassumingly nice and generous people I can think of. Tying Indigozebra who is just such a sweetheart.

Getting to perform again (I’m aware that we may have run just a fraction over time for which I apologise).

MarkDV8’s generosity of spirit truly catching me off guard and really touching me.

Tying friends in the dungeon.
Being only the third person to really tie Beemo, thanks for the trust. Giving Amy Morgan a stressfull old school experience on the bamboo frame. Somewhat more seriously getting into it with Clover and then having a great time tying sugrah! That was hot and hot again.

Getting some M0co jute to try.

I’ve never had a single specific rope for Ichinawa but couldn’t resist getting a piece of Oniroku Nawa for that purpose and as yet another souvenir.

Getting a new kimono for Clover from the lovely Japanese lady who was with Sugiuar san and seeing her light up. Also seeing the reaction when I was able to tie the Obi properly was a delight. And getting electronic ears for Clover was a treat.

On the last morning in the hotel getting a breakfast consisting of four deserts with Psychokitty, Milla Reika and Ve. It was just what we needed.

Also a big thank you to Milla san for parting with some of her Japanese candles to us just before taking off from the hotel.

Saying goodbyes.

Bear hugs at the airport with Scott Smith, the last kinkster we saw before our flight.

I am so sure I’ve missed things from this post.

But mostly it’s rope, the people, the conversations the rope the friends and indeed the rope people.


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Rope people at the 2013 Shibaricon rope bondage / kinbaku conference in Chicago USA Miho Ikeda, Norio Sugiura, Takeshi Nagaike, Milla Reika, Nawa Kun, Aleni – Lani & Mark De Viate, Saki Kamijoo[/message]