Shibari and Kinbaku are the Japanese arts of consensual sexual bondage. Shibari literally means “to tie” or “to bind” while Kinbaku-bi means “the beauty of tight binding”. There are debates about the distinction between shibari and kinbaku and whether one term is more appropriate than the other; however, the one

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Irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 紋身, 刺花, 剳青, 黥 or 刺青) is the Japanese name for the traditional tattoos that Yakuza members get. Irezumi means “insert ink” in Japanese. These tattoos were used for decorative and spiritual purposes. The process was done by hand poking, meaning that the ink was inserted beneath

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Momentous transformations occur in communities affected by traumatic events. Armed conflicts, occupations, sudden and ongoing political turmoil and natural disasters cause everyday folk to react to tragic issues in diverse ways. From life-saving over-the-top heroism to all-out anarchy of vandalizing and looting, communities are defined by how they respond to

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