History of SM Shows

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The history below is an inclusive categorization of bondage, torment and/or erotic sadomasochism in live theater in Japan.

“Flesh Market” at the Kannon Theater in Asakusa. From Seiu Ito’s “Non-Fiction - Sexual Fluids (11)”. Kitan Club Dec 1954 issue.

Edo Period Theater

1678: "Sansho Dayu Anju-Hime," in Moronobu Hishikawa's "The Story of Actors Past and Present."[※ 1] Itahashiya-Hime is abused with her hands tied behind her back. By this time, torment scenes were already being hinted at in kabuki theater.

1700s: Punishment scenes in kabuki and ningyō jōruri (puppet theater accompanied by shamisen) are thought to rattle a person's mind.[citation needed]

1740: "Steps of Chujohime's Torment" (step three from "The Mountain Goddess Sutematsu" by Namiki Sousuke).

1772: "Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki"[1]

Meiji Theater

Moritaza in the 1790s

1872: "Kaidan Shikishima Monogatari" by Mokuami Kawatake is first performed by Tanosuke Sawamura III at Moritaza in March.

Modern Theater

1921: "Burning Her Alive" by Senzaburo Suzuki is performed at the Imperial Playhouse in November.[※ 2] The main character and setting is modeled after Seiu Ito and his studio at the time.

2014: Oct. "Nagauta Bo Shibari" at Kameari Lirio Hall

Pink Live Shows

SM Shows


  1. A work of Shinnai jōruri recitation

References (※)

  1. Edo Period Literature (Tosho Kankokai, 1916)
  2. Ko Minomura. "A Great Star Has Fallen" (SM Collector, Nov 1980)

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