Yukimura Haruki 雪村春樹
May 11 1948 - March 3 2016
Yukimura Haruki (雪村春樹) is considered to be a Grandmaster in the art of kinbaku. Starting as a photographer, he quickly found himself on the other side of the camera doing the tying, and subsequently became a professional kinbakushi. Along with producing thousands of kinbaku videos and DVDs, he also created highly sought after kinbaku art books.
Yukimura-ryū, or the Yukimura style of tying, is very different from the more physical styles of rope, that are called semenawa in Japanese. Instead, Yukimura-ryū is a gentle, loving style of kinbaku, that Yukimura-sensei called "aibu no nawa", or caressing rope.
When asked before his passing what kinabaku meant to him, Yukimura-sensei replied: "To me, kinabaku is an emotional exchange between two people. That's unique to Japan - to express love and emotion entirely through the medium of rope. So kinbaku is not how you do this tie or that tie - it's how you use rope to exchange emotions with another".
In 2010, Scott had his first lesson with Yukimura-sensei, and continued to have yearly intensive lessons with Yukimura-sensei in Tokyo until his passing.
All members admitted to Yukimura-ryū were given a kinbakushi name by Yukimura-sensei, with a prefix of Haru (Spring). In 2014, Scott was given the name 春輝 (Haruteru), or ‘Spring Radiance’, and was awarded his instructor's certificate.
Worldwide, there are 13 official instructors in Yukimura-ryū, and an additional 14 non-instructor members of Yukimura-ryū.