Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Tonight I went to the launch night of Ukai, a new sushi restaurant just opened in Soho.

The champagne flowed, the sushi platters trickled and the traditional Japanese bondage act captivated (pun intended).

Actually it kind of shocked and fascinated us all.

Sorry about the iphone quality filming...

The (much younger) lady writhed around while the man tied and tightened complex knots around her body taking small breaks to stroke her.

I loved how bizarre the juxtaposition was between this (awkwardly) intense sensual act surrounded by groups of nattering champagne swigging folk, 'oohing and aahing' over each new sushi platter brought out of the kitchens.

Gotta love London!

P.S I also got a goodie bag full of Japanese treats (wasabi peas, sake, sweets), drinks vouchers and a special discount card.

Arigatou gozaimasu Ukai.

The word Shibari came into common use in the West at some point in the 1990s to describe the bondage art Kinbaku. Shibari (縛り?) is a Japanese word that literally means "to tie" or "to bind". It is used in Japan to describe the artful use of twine to tie objects or packages.

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