It was our first time to visit the west coast of America, and hopefully not our last. We could not have made this trip happen if it was not for our wonderful hosts for providing this opportunity. Many thanks to our friends for making our stay so comfortable and welcoming.
WykD Dave was teaching classes at the Bordello of Decadence on One Rope (ichinawa), Tension, Rope Control and Movement; and Unthinking Rope. The group were wonderful, enthusiastic, fun to teach and I can honestly say everyone left trying better bondage. I think those who attended all 4 classes benefitted most, as while the classes are fantastic as individual lessons, these four classes really complimented one another. It was a pleasure to bottom for these classes and assist WykD Dave where I could.
Not only were we teaching some workshop classes but we also had some time to enjoy our first trip to the West Coast. Staying in the Little Tokyo Historic District, also known as Japangeles, we had good opportunity to shop in some Japanese shops that specialise in Japanese books, DVD’s and kimono. I quickly filled the mostly empty suitcase I decided to travel with.
Not long after we arrived we were treated to a driving tour along Hollywood Boulevard, sights of the Hollywood Hills, and taken to view the most extensive library of kinbaku books I have ever seen, which was definitely a highlight of the trip. It took a few days for our body clock to adjust and after falling asleep on a trip one night by open top car along Santa Monica Beach our bodies finally caught up. We did make a day trip before we left LA with some friends to Santa Monica Beach and enjoy some of the sun and shopping.
During our stay we had the chance to visit an exhibition called Perseverance in the Japanese American National Museum, an exhibit of Japanese Tattoo tradition in America. This exhibition is running until September 2014, so if you have the opportunity I really recommend it.
I hope we can visit Los Angeles again in the future.