The cultural differences between Japanese form of bondage, which emphasis other aspects of bondage, including the pleasure for the submissive.



The cultural differences between western society and the ancient Japanese form of bondage.


[Shibari in Japanese, literally means 'to tie' or 'to bind' while Kinbaku in Japanese means 'bondage'. Kinbaku-bi means 'beautiful bondage']

Roots of Kinbaku came from an earlier period in Japan, where torture was common place within the island nation. Supposedly influenced greatly by the Sengoko Period.

The more modern Edo Period of Japan, saw the creation of Kinbaku-bi into a sexual practice, in which Ito Seiu is considered to be the originating force behind it. (1908)

It should be noted, that many of the tactics developed for Kinbaku were taken from the Military, who practiced what was termed as Hojojutsu. This method of 'restraint' is still popular, and there are many establishments teaching this form across the world, with several recognized sensei's (teachers).

This became popular in the 1950's from magazines portraying the models, while it became an actual recognized art form during the 1960's. Sort of a performance type art.


To provide an intricate design, using rope, twine, and other restraining devices, that accentuate the genitals, sexual organs, as well as providing a pleasurable view to the Dominant.

True Japanese forms use mainly natural ropes, like hemp or jute. Very few knots are involved in weaving of these intricate patterns over the subject, and as well, a great deal of asymmetric bondage is employed, to heighten the pleasure for both the submissive, and the dominant.

The patterns hold to traditional methods, though in Western Culture it has been evolved to include different mannerisms, such as employing more complex knots, different materials rather than natural fiber ropes.

The rope is generally about 23 feet in length, and is specially treated in order to provide a more softer, though still sturdy, binding material.

Noteworthy: The concept is to provide pleasure for both. Japanese Bondage is also very dependent on the look, of the person bound. While it is about complete restriction of movement, it isn't about pain or the inflicting of pain or even humiliation, as is more prevalent in Western Bondage.

It is thought that the proper pressure of the ropes, the pattern, enhance the sexual experience for the submissive person, specially as the pattern encompasses the various body parts. It isn't about pain, but about adding to one's awareness of their sexual body parts.

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