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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.

ū, 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-ry
ū 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-ry
ū, and an additional 14 non-instructor members of Yukimura-ryū.