Kasumi Hourai & Tamandua Performance Night: Snow Woman

17jan20:0022:00Kasumi Hourai & Tamandua Performance Night: Snow WomanLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSIn-House Event20:00 - 22:00 FacilitatorKasumi Hourai 蓬莱かすみCategoryshibari,Kasumi

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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.


This performance night is Kasumi at her best. Reduced to essential, Snow Woman will tell a tale of shibari with horror-inspired undertones.

Slow music and candlelight will warm our hearts until the snow woman comes…


Note: If you have purchased a ticket for the weekend workshop, you are automatically on the guest list for this event.


Event Details

Date & Time: January 17th, 2025, 8-10 pm

Format: performance


Language: Japanese with simultaneous English translation

Minimum Knowledge Level:

What to Bring: –

Ticket: 25 Euros. Price is per person


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Accessibility Note

The performance 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.


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.


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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