- Seiu Ito was the founder of Japanese SM.
- Toshiyuki Suma played an important role in the formation of post-war SM culture as painter/illustrator, rope artist, writer and editor.
- Takashi Tsujimura established modern Kinbaku art in Kitan Club.
- Chimuo Nureki has the longest and most varied history of any living bakushi in Japan.
- Eikichi Osada has established the style of SM show in Japan.
- Denki Akechi has explored new era of Kinbaku art.
- Oniroku Dan is the one of the most influential SM writer in Japan.