Terms & Expressions

You’ll come across a whole bunch of new names, terms, and labels when you practice Japanese style rope bondage. Whether you’re looking to learn, trying to research, or even informing your partner of an issue—knowing the language can help you be more precise and save time too.

Flip through these links to expand your vocabulary for various rope bondage terms, as well as those unique to Shibari/Kinbaku!

References & Recommendations

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Learn the basic terms we use in Japanese style rope bondage through this page from Rope365.com!

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There are several complicated-sounding Japanese terms that might be overwhelming at the start so it’s super helpful that Loach went through the trouble to make a compilation like this.

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“The RopeMarks Ryū illustrated glossary is a brief dictionary of names and terms accompanied by photos that have come down to us from history, from hojojutsu terminology and from well known nawashi/kinbakushi that have become fairly standard.”

Physical Book, E-Book

According to Bakushi_Sin, his book Year of The Bakushi contains a 20-page, approx. 360-entry terminology section.

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“The RopeMarks Ryū illustrated glossary is a brief dictionary of names and terms accompanied by photos that have come down to us from history, from hojojutsu terminology and from well known nawashi/kinbakushi that have become fairly standard.”