40 Seductive Kinbaku Pin-Ups of the Extraordinary Illustrator Hajime Sorayama
27 september 2021 
35 min. read

40 Seductive Kinbaku Pin-Ups of the Extraordinary Illustrator Hajime Sorayama

In this day and age, there are quite a few artists who sometimes turn to kinbaku for subject matter and inspiration. One of the most famous of the modern generation is the phenomenal Japanese illustrator Sorayama Hajime (1947).

Advertising Agency

Sorayama was born in 1947 in Imabari, Ehime prefecture in southeast Japan. He attended Shikoku Gakuin University in 1965 but transferred to Tokyo’s Chuo Art School in 1967. After graduation he gained an appointment in an advertising agency.

hajime sorayama sexy robot

Fig.1. ‘Sexy Robot‘ (later reprint 2015) by Hajime Sorayama

Playboy and Penthouse

His breakthrough came in 1983 when he published a remarkable book of his art that displayed erotically posed female figures that were half human and half robot with the appropriate title ‘Sexy Robot’ (Fig.1). This was followed in 1993 by the even more famous ‘The Gynoids‘ (Fig.2) on the same theme. Because of these books he was quickly seen as one of the most refreshing and inventive ‘pin-up’ artists of his era which resulted in work for magazines like Playboy and Penthouse and many other publications.

hajime sorayama The Gynoids

Fig.2. ‘The Gynoids‘ (1993)

Hint of Danger

Unlike some of his more famous predecessors in the pin-up genre, like the eminent Playboy artist Alberto Vargas, the landscapes that many of Sorayama’s incredibly flawless and anatomically correct females possess are unmistakably modern with more than a hint of danger bounded by equipment from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.

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Fig.3. ‘Standard’ pin-up

Inventive Juxtaposition

All these modernist elements make it even more amazing that when Sorayama includes kinbaku in his art the results are so breathtaking. Something surprising arises when the extremely glossy surface of Sorayama’s work meets asanawa (kinbaku rope) and while it’s long been noted that there’s more than a hint of SM in many of this artist’s compositions it’s his remarkable and inventive juxtaposition of interesting ideas, soft bodies, shiny surfaces, remarkable creatures, and photo-realistic details that ultimately makes his work so extraordinary.

AIBO Sorayama Sony Pet Robot

Fig.4. ”AIBO entertainment robot (ERS-110)‘ (1999)

Pet Robot

Due to his wide range of skills and talents Sorayama also worked on many other projects like helping design the interactive pet robot ‘AIBO‘ (Fig.4) for the Sony Corporation in 1999 which received a prestigious design from the Japanese government. He also designed conceptual designs for famous filmmakers such as George Lucas and Dino de Laurentis, trading cards, limited-edition prints, CD-Roms, and the cover art for the album Just Push Play (2001) of the rock band Aerosmith. Special mention goes to his extraordinary version of Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fishermans Wife (Fig.5).

Sorayama Hajime octopus

Fig.5. ‘Red Octopus‘ (1994)

Masterworks

In addition to the two famous books of his art mentioned earlier, a ‘Masterworks‘ edition was published in 2010 and the artist has enjoyed numerous gallery shows and exhibitions around the world over the years. Kinbaku expert and author of the excellent The Beauty of Kinbaku, Master “K” recommends to those interested in seeing some of Sorayama’s best kinbaku illustrations, Sorayama Vibrant Vixens, the decidedly adults only 2013 volume from the Swiss publisher Edition Skylight. Master “K, ‘One look at this brilliant artist’s take on classical ukiyo-e prints and kinbaku clearly shows that the ultra modernist Sorayama also knows his rope!’

Now let’s have a look at Sorayama’s entangled pin-ups…

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Sorayama Hajime bondage

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Fig.8. ‘Pin -up 68

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Fig.12. ‘Pin-up 166

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Sorayama Hajime two nudes

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Fig.18. ‘Pin-up 118

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Fig.20. ‘Pin-up 160

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hajime sorayama pin up with snakes

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pin up in leather kinbaku

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Fig.39. ‘Gynoid #31

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Fig.40. ‘Gynoid #28

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The following video gives a nice overview of the artist’s career in 7 minutes…

The illustration below was a tribute to Sorayama’s good friend Ozuma Kaname at the time the latter passed away…

tightly tied tattoo hajime sorayama

Fig.43. ‘Tightly Tied Tattoo‘ (c.2013) by Hajime Sorayama

the hare and the tortoise erotic sorayama

Fig.44. ‘The Hare and the Tortoise

Click HERE for dozens of articles on the astounding kinbaku art…!!

More of Sorayama’s work can be found on his site…!!

Source: ‘The Beauty of Kinbaku‘ by Master “K”, Wikipedia.org

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About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
Abdull F.
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Abdull F.

on 27 Sep 2021

Excellent.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 27 Sep 2021

Thanks again Abdull!

Tallguy
By

Tallguy

on 27 Sep 2021

Not my cup of tea. Sorry.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 07 Oct 2021

Thanks Tallguy. Each is own!

Senju Shunga (on Twitter)
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Senju Shunga (on Twitter)

on 07 Oct 2021

Hajime Sorayama is a living legend!

Marijn
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Marijn

on 07 Oct 2021

Thanks Senju, I absolutely agree!

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