Kasumi Hourai - Connections

18oct(oct 18)11:0019(oct 19)18:00Kasumi Hourai - ConnectionsLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSSold Out!In-House Event11:00 - 18:00 (19) FacilitatorKasumi Hourai 蓬莱かすみCategoryshibari,Kasumi

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Event Area Sanitized

Time

18 (Saturday) 11:00 - 19 (Sunday) 18:00

language

English

Event Details

Kasumi Hourai is coming to Berlin to teach her unique traditional Japanese rope bondage style. Kasumi–san’s wabi–sabi concept, style, and variation is continually evolving and heavily influenced by a profoundly traditional upbringing with aesthetic roots in ikebana/kadō (flower arranging) and sadō/chadō (tea ceremony). She brings a refined, haunting aesthetic, combining elements of Japanese culture with Kinbaku as kyokuero (eroticism) and ku (suffering). Kasumi started her studies with Akechi Denki and continued her studies with Naka Akira. She has been tying for over 25 years at this point.

In order for you to dive deeper into her style, we are offering two 2-day workshops. In January 2025, Kasumi will teach the foundations of her style. On 18-19 October 2025, Kasumi will return and build up on what has been learned in January diving into the aspects of connection and control which integrate and are inspired by the Japanese at of Ikebana. You can visit the January and October workshops separately, however, we strongly recommend participating in the first workshop to get the most out of the second. Karada House is offering a 10% discount if you purchase both classes together at once.

 

Connections is a 2-day deep dive into classic Japanese rope bondage with an emphasis on learning and understanding more about connections and mental as well as physical control for the person tying as well as the person in ropes. On day one we will talk about and try different ways to prepare mentally and physically for tying/getting tied. There will be an extra section that is bottom-centric and aims to prevent injuries. We will then turn to tying and suspending with TK structures and variations and then learn about Kasumi’s wabi-sabi suspension and transition sequence. On the second day, we will learn about the influences of Kimono and tying the kimono as well as ikebana. This day will concentrate on the emotional aspects of tying as well as aspects of semenawa and what constitutes a good seme scene. In the end we will all tie together.

 

By purchasing a ticket to this weekend’s workshop, you are also on the guest list for Kasumi’s performance on Friday, October 17th, 2025.

There are also limited spaces for private sessions available.

 

Event Details

Date & Time: October 18-19, 2025, 11-6 pm (lunch break included)

Format: Workshop

Audience:  LGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS

Language: Japanese with simultaneous English translation

Minimum Knowledge Level: 

For the ones tying / riggers:

– good understanding of fundamental techniques and concepts in Shibari / Kinbaku.
– you must be able to tie a solid gote suitable for suspension, in any style.
– good understanding of suspension line management, experience suspending
– good understanding of rope safety
– you must be open to exploring traditional Japanese concepts

For the ones getting tied / models:

– you must feel comfortable being tied in a gote
– you must have some prior experience in suspensions
– a good understanding of safety in Shibari, especially the difference between nerve compression and blood circulation loss
– you must be open to expressing, communicating, and exploring vulnerabilities in rope
– experience being suspended
– You must be open to exploring traditional Japanese concepts, including with erotic context and ideas of suffering

Please note that switching is not possible due to time constraints and a cumulative teaching style.

What to Bring: 

– Jute ropes (at least 10-14 lengths of ropes, 5-6mm in diameter). We also suggest having varying lengths of ropes (some longer and shorter ones are always helpful)
– Safety shears or any other suitable cutting tools
– Notepad and a pen
– Comfortable clothing
– Snacks and drinks
– Aftercare items
– Respect, kindness, and an open mind 🙂

Ticket: 450 Euros. Price is per PAIR

 

Application process

Places in this workshop are very limited so we are working with an application process.

We suggest applying as quickly as possible as we will work on a rolling basis. This workshop primarily centers on LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized people but is open to Friends as well.

We can provide financial assistance in the form of installment payments that can be somewhat customized to your needs. We are also offering one full scholarship (100% waived workshop fees) to a pair of LGBTQIA+ or other marginalized people in need. Please only apply for this scholarship if you have no other means. 

If you would like to participate, please email us (info@karada-house.de) a short application telling us about

1) your and your partner’s rope journey

2) reasons/intentions to participate in this workshop

3) provide photographic or video evidence showing you can fulfill the minimum requirements

4) let us know if you need financial assistance via installment payments and how many installments would work for you 

5) let us know if you are applying for the scholarship

6) let us know if you want to book accommodation in the house (tell us how many people, how many nights)

7) let us know if you want to book the January workshop or both workshops (January and October) for a discount.

 

 

Mandatory Covid-19 rules

If you would like to inform yourself about other safety measures we have in place, please consult our Covid-19 measurements here.

 

Accessibility Note

The workshop is held in spoken Japanese with live translation into English. The space, KARA, is on the ground floor but has three steps to enter the house. A ramp for wheelchairs is available at all times. There is also a parking space available right in front of the door if needed. KARA has an accessible bathroom available. There are no thresholds in the entire house. The garden is only partially accessible at the moment. During the workshop, we will sit on the floor. Sitting in a chair can also be provided. Adaptations for physical needs will be shown and can also be provided upon request. If you participate in this workshop and need more assistance please message us at info@karada-house.de beforehand.

 

Accommodation:

For people coming to this workshop from out of Berlin, we can offer you accommodation in our space (mattress, bed linens, cushions, bathroom, shower, and kitchen) in the common area. If you are interested, please message us at info@karada-house.de

 

Who is this event for?

LGBTQIA+ describes the full spectrum of non-mainstream sexual orientation and/or gender identity, meaning: lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, genderqueer/fluid, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, agender.

Friends describes people of any and all kinds of gender and sexual identities who are aware and respectful of the necessity, needs, and boundaries of a queer safe(r) space and its marginalized community.

When you consider yourself a friend you show acknowledgement to and are respectful of everyone’s self-expression and do not assume, presume or project non-consensual ideas onto others. You actively request and use people’s chosen pronouns. You remain mindful of the fact that Karada House is first and foremost a space for queer people that you are also invited to attend. You have a genuine concern for the well-being of LGBTQIA+ people and remain in awareness of heterosexual and gender-straight privileges.

Friends don’t have to be perfect. None of us are. We request that we all pro-actively work and strive to be good friends and allies to marginalized people.

Facilitator

Kasumi Hourai 蓬莱かすみ

Kasumi Hourai 蓬莱かすみ Kasumi Hourai is one of the leading female Kinbakushi. At 18, she became an SM club dominatrix, before taking instruction from the legendary Akechi Denki aged just 20. Kasumi–san has been a professional in the business for 25 years, taking further training with Akira Naka, and has taught in Japan, Europe and America. Kasumi–san’s wabi–sabi concept, style and variation is continually evolving and is heavily influenced by a profoundly traditional upbringing with a professional ikebana/kadō (flower arranging) and sadō/chadō (tea ceremony) adult educator, and his wife who understood fine kimono. She brings a refined, haunting aesthetic, combining elements of Japanese culture with Kinbaku as kyokuero (eroticism) and ku (suffering).

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