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K O K I G A M I

The Intimate Art

Of The Little Paper Costume

It is not some sex manual that promotes a variety of interesting physical positions, but a most ingenious method of heightening the enjoyment of the sex act by putting the participants in touch with their inner sexual fantasies. What can be more intriguing!

This Japanese beautifully simple system allows the mind to get more deeply in touch with the male sexual center by pretending that it is something else. By slipping a PAPER SCULPTURE of an animal over his organ, the male is able to give it the qualities of that animal and relate to it on another level. It instantly becomes far more than a rather odd piece of blood-engorged flesh with a mind of its own. It is given a new personality, making the organ much easier to relate to and therefore to understand and control.

But you musn't get the idea that KOKIGAMI is all terribly serious and something that only sex therapists should use. On the contrary, its wonderfully simple techniques are based upon having a great deal of lighthearted fun, designed to relax and encourage intimacy.

There are no special tricks to this ART OF THE LITTLE PAPER COSTUME. Some think it has direct links with ORIGAMI, the art of paper folding, or to KIRIGAMI, meaning cut art. KOKIGAMI probably evolved from the ancient Japanese art of TSUTSUMI meaning packaging. The word TSUTSUMI comes from the verb TSUTSUSHIMU, to be descreet. This ethic plays an important role in gift giving, where it is considered to pass an UNWRAPPED GIFT to another.

Indeed there is clear evidence from early literature that men of the upper class WRAPPED THEIR PENISES before retiring to the conjugal chamber. Several passages in the KOJIKI, a book of legends dating from AD 712, tell of men spending "much time with fine silks and ribbons". For the more complex he could make the WRAPPING, the longer his wife would take to unwrap "THE PRESENT".

"Lovers at Play" from an early 18th century print.

KOKIGAMI: GAMI is the word for paper, and a KOKI is a small piece of cloth worn at the waist by the supporting actors (WAKI) in NOH THEATER. All the actors in NOH are male, and they use the koki in a variety of ways to make quick character changes. It can be used as a HAT, a BLINDFOLD, a MASK, even a WEAPON. But it was not until late 18th century when the price of paper fell that it ceased to be the exclusive preserve of the rich and became popular in Japanese society. KOKIGAMI has attracted a lot of interest from psychotherapists in America and it seems likely that this ANCIENT ART will soon enjoy a new popularity in the West.

The Goose was a popular koki in 18th century Japan

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