20101219-Britt-in-rope-0206.jpgThe ushiro takate kote is a tie whose name literally translates as “high hand, small hand, behind the back”, so like most Japanese ties it isn’t so much a name as a description of the tie.

The older versions of the tie had the hands crossed up high behind the back of the model, the likes of Akechi Denki and Akira Naka have use this style extensively as a seme tie, one designed to be difficult or stressful.

Increasingly the name takate kote or TK is used to describe any tie with the hands either level or high behind the back.

You can find detailed instructions on how to tie a gote or usiro takate kote with hands level the following tutorial videos