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The Kaginawa: Its History and Use (PDF) £4.99

At its simplest, the Kaginawa 鈎 縄 is little more than a combination of a hook 鈎 (Kagi) and a rope 縄 (Nawa). 

Some Kaginawa were designed as utilitarian maritime tools, others to aid in climbing and others still with the express purpose of snaring human flesh and clothing, ‘fishing’ as it were for a fleeing criminal or the enemies of ones lord.

Within this publication, the aim is to provide an insight into some of these different designs and uses, offering an insight into the strategic use of the ‘Hook & Rope’ within Japans once feudal society.


Hentai Keibatsushi Zen: The Complete Perverted History of Punishment (PDF) £2.99

Originally published in 1926 by Sawada Fumatsu (1871-1927) a Meiji-Taisho era newspaper reporter who had served as a judicial reporter for a number of years. His interest in crime and punishment led him into deep research and the eventual publication of this book, the 'Hentai Keibatsushi Zen' 変態刑罰史全 detailing the assorted punishments criminals of the past could face.  This is a high resolution scan of the original 80 page Japanese text. Includes numerous black and white Illustrations throughout. 

Original document taken from the collection of the Kokusai Hojojutsu Kenkyukai.


Sendai Han Den Dai Susumu Ryu Engi no Maki (PDF) £1.99

A high resolution scan of the original "Sendai Han Den Dai Susumu Ryu Engi no Maki 仙台藩傳大征流縁儀之巻" Scroll, taken from the collection of the Kokusai Hojojutsu Kenkyukai.


The Unnamed Torinawa no Maki (PDF) £1.99

A high resolution scan of an original and unnamed "Torinawa no Maki 捕り縄之巻" Scroll, taken from the collection of the Kokusai Hojojutsu Kenkyukai. Eventually we hope to identify the exact origins of this scroll, but for now it remains a mystery. 


Ichiden Ryu Nawa Mokuroku no Shidai (PDF) £1.99

A high resolution scan of an original "Ichiden Ryu Nawa Mokuroku no Shidai 一傳流縄目録之次第" Scroll, taken from the collection of the Kokusai Hojojutsu Kenkyukai.


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