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History & Origins

Shibari (also known as Kinbaku) draws its roots from Hojojutsu—a martial art practiced by the samurai during Japan’s Edo period that used natural fiber rope for capturing, restraining, transporting, and even torturing their prisoners.

Aside from being visually impressive with its intricate patterns, the remarkable thing about this martial art is how it employs sophisticated techniques to deter resistance.

Strategically positioned wraps and knots would force the bound individual to choose between (a) cooperating peacefully or (b) risking various consequences like strangulation via the neck rope or nerve impingement that permanently renders their fingers useless. 

The risks these were factored in as the pioneers of Shibari sought to make the ties safer for their bottoms who modeled for erotic or S&M oriented photobooks, magazines, movies, and theater shows.

Master K explains how this Japanese martial art became an erotic art in his highly recommended book, “The Beauty of Kinbaku”:

Shibari/Kinbaku has evolved because of Japan’s tolerant religions and their attitudes about sexuality, its history and martial arts, its 250 years of self-imposed isolation from the West, it’s love of beauty, art, form, and pattern and the mysterious alchemy that connects all of these.

-Master K

Enthusiasts from all over the world now engage in Shibari for various reasons like: sex & BDSM, photography, performance art, relationship building, meditation & stress-relief, values formation, self-empowerment, and more.

Check out the links below to get a better understanding of what Shibari and Kinbaku are and where it came from!

References & Recommendations​

Shin Nawakiri’s book has a talks about the origin of Japanese rope bondage and is a great actionable read that lives up to the title’s promise: revealing the essence of Shibari.

This read offers insights on not just the physical or technical side of Shibari but the mental and emotional sides as well—very important aspects that most newbie practitioners tend to miss when first smitten by the art’s intricate techniques.

“This feature documentary ‘The Pleasure of Rope’ explores Kinbaku, the art of Japanese rope bondage. Director Bob Bentley goes backstage at events and also explores the secret erotic world of rope. For many, tying and being tied is obsessively compulsive. Intimate disclosures reveal rare insights in narratives that are surprising and at times disturbing.”

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