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What is shibari

In Japanese, “shibari” simply means “to tie”. The contemporary meaning of Shibari describes an ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage. The origin of shibari lies in the Edo period of Japan, to a martial art called Hojo-jutsu. Back then, the Samurai would use rope for capture and restraint of captives and criminals. From 1400 to 1700, while the local police and Samurai used this martial art as a form of imprisonment and torture, the honor of these ancient Samurai warriors required them to treat their prisoners well. So, they used different techniques to tie their prisoners, showing the honor and status of their captured prisoner.

It isn’t until the the early 1900’s however, after the end of the Edo period, that rope bondage becomes a source of erotic imagery in drawings and paintings. Ito Seiu in particular is recognised as the ‘father of modern kinbaku/shibari’. The popularisation of shibari in recent years has meant that shibari is moving beyond its taboo origins and developing into an art form in its own right.

The aesthetics of the bound person's position is important: in particular, Japanese bondage is distinguished by its use of specific katas (forms) and aesthetic rules. Sometimes, asymmetric and often intentionally uncomfortable positions are employed. In particular, Japanese bondage is very much about the way the rope is applied and the pleasure is more in the journey than the destination. In this way the rope becomes an extension of the nawashi's hands and is used to communicate. In shibari the model is the canvas, the rope is the paint and brush, and the rigger is the artist.

The aesthetic arrangement of ropes and knots on the model’s body in Shibari rigging emphasizes characteristics like sensuality, vulnerability, and also strength. Contemporary practitioners of Shibari enjoy creating beautiful still images, live and recorded performance art. Shibari can also be used as a component in BDSM play and an enhancement in sexual activities. Sources:
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