Japan fetish club, hook suspension & extreme body modifications: Club Idea in Kobe.

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UPDATE – see the full guide to visiting Gothic & Fetish Bar Idea here! 

My friend John Skeleton submits this photo of Idea, a Kobe subcultures and fetish bar, where hook suspension and play piercings take place. He writes:

IDEA is a dark sanctuary created by Japanese kinbaku artist Midori, located in the beautiful city of Kobe, Japan. No stranger to the world of the occult, Midori holds special “Sabbats” for each of the eight festivals on the Neopagan Wheel of the Year. On such nights, ladies may enter free of charge, and the eve is filled with decadent rituals and nameless rites.

The darkened space sees a full range of guests, from the curious spectators to the hardened connoisseurs, representing all ranges of the social spectrum — an atmosphere reminiscent of a fin-de-siècle London salon.

For more, see LaCarmina’s Japan Goth clubs guide.



  1. Dianne
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 4:57 am | Permalink

     Congrats to the winners!

  2. Taion
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

     i’ve done it before,best experience ever <3

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:07 am | Permalink

      Was your experience similar to that of the writer’s?

      • Taion
        Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:09 am | Permalink

         if John Skeleton has done it more then me,then probably not.i have only done it twice,tore my skin pretty bad the 1st but it gets addicting to me the more you do it.and i will be sure to check out your blog.

  3. Ultima98
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:00 am | Permalink

     i thought about it but I don’t think it’s for me. I liked reading john’s experience.

  4. Tsukino
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:06 am | Permalink

     It looks painful ;_; but the way the person described it was very interesting. ^_^

  5. Meg
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:08 am | Permalink


  6. Teknicolor Dahlia
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink

     I seriously doubt I would ever do it myself, but I think suspension is absolutely mesmerizing. I think its amazing how people being hung from sharp hooks in their back can smile and have the best time of their lives because of the adrenaline. 

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

      So many people have described it as a spiritual experience, it’s intriguing..

  7. Eldon
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:13 am | Permalink

     Too hard for me, I prefer aestetic Kinbaku (ropes suspensions) I see a lot in Tokyo ^^

  8. Rachel
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    I’ve been aware of suspension for year, not something I’d do myself, but interesting.

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

      More of my friends have done it, recently. Funny how something that used to freak me out has become a regular occurance..

  9. Heathyr
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:13 am | Permalink

     had 32 18 gauge needles in my back for a birthday a few years ago. Its a spiritual experience.

  10. Cloud718
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:22 am | Permalink

     ahh i would imagine that would hurt like hell i dont know if i would do it even though i have got piercings thats diffrent :P

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:41 am | Permalink

      It’s not for me either, but the essay is very well written

  11. Wendy
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:57 am | Permalink

     Huge respect to John ^_*”

  12. Meg
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink

     Is it really “body modification”? It’s very temporary for one, and modification doesn’t seem the purpose :s

  13. Marilyn
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

     Even though I have seen some Native Americans do this I still get goosebumps hard to look at.

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      Yeah… hook suspension is not for me, but I’m intrigued to hear others’ experiences.

  14. Francesca
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

     I liked reading the article, but suspension’s not something I’d like to try anytime soon. Please bring us more ‘unusual’ articles, I love reading about things that challenge my mind, even though I might not want to experience them myself. Thanks!! xx

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      I’m glad you like the various perspectives from guest posters on my blog! Mr Skeleton has another post coming up, and there will also be reports from Sophia of Blood Stain Child. Stay tuned!

  15. Stuart
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

     Going to practice on the wife first and I will let you know how it goes. Anyone got a gag ?

  16. Lisa
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

     Cool stuff :)

  17. KoiAi
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

     Hook Suspension is a spiritual experience, your body goes through chemical changes creating a euphoric affect- thumbs up to all!

  18. Aly
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

     nononononono. hook suspension is like the one thing I can’t deal with.

  19. Jeremy
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

     Not something I’d ever want to do personally, but if it is something that others want to do, I’m not going to stand in their way. Probably not something I’d suggest for kids to do though…

  20. Anonymous
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I admire those who have guts to go through hook suspension. I like s&m (I’m type m) and I have piercings (lips, large ear gauges, etc.) but hook suspension is too much for me. I’d rather not go through the pain xD But I wouldn’t mind watching someone do it~

    And yay! I won haha Thanks ^^

  21. andre
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    i am a spiritual person and respect death and have my share of spiritual experiences. and i am a open minded person. i can see why someone can do this for the pain but im not one that likes this but i do respect it and those who do it. 

  22. Holly
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I hadn’t heard of this before and it scared me a bit when I read it, but now I’m curious. I want to find out more. Thanks.

  23. Angela
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

     I dont know about hook suspension for myself but more power to you for trying it. I like your blogs they are very informative. I love how the Japanese people can be so open minded about things. A conservative office could be into maid cosplay, a farmer could like kawaii, a schoolgirl could be a Gothic lolita. I love the duality that they have. Wish more people in the US were more open minded.

  24. jrockonhigh
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t try this myself but if you try it, more power to you.  Your blog has been great and informative; I’m still trying to wrap my head around the concept but trying to be more open minded is the best thing I’ve been trying to learn.  Besides finishing my first year of college which is great since I figured out that Journalism is really something I like along with Japanese.

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, I really appreciate it! I’m trying my best… it’s hard sometimes -__-

      • Jrockonhigh
        Posted May 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

        It’s paying off.  I’ve actually told my professor that you’re one of the reasons I’m majoring in Journalism.  I want to learn about other cultures view as pop culture.

  25. henja
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen suspension before, and it still gives me the shivers in pictures. It’s definitely not my thing, I have hard time getting piercings most days. All it reminds me of is some terrible (but honorable traditional) Native American ritual, which I can’t remember the name of. All that I can say is that the Native American ritual ends with the loss of skin, and this is the outcome I always expect to happen to those people who choose to be suspended.

    On a sidebar, mozilla has suddenly begun to think that is an attack site. Haven’t the slightest idea why, but it’s definitely bothersome and something you should look into. Mozilla by way of google seem to be the apparently culprits.

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      I heard about that ritual — where they get hooks into the back, and walk or dance around a pole I think…

  26. Susan Byrnes
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    I really admire anyone who can do suspension since i dont really have the courage to do it >.< . But it is something that i have been curious about for quite some time. Maybe someday I'll have enough courage to do this……but most likely not…… 

  27. Hal
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink


  28. pattaya girls
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

     that looked like fun to me.

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