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DefinitionShibari (literally meaning bondage) is a Japanese style of sexual bondage or BDSM. Shibari involves tying up the bottom (or uke) in intricate patterns, usually with several pieces of thin rope. Shibari differs from Western bondage in that, instead of just immobilizing or restraining the bottom, the bottom gains pleasure from being under pressure and strain of the ropes, squeezing the breasts or genitals. The aesthetics of the bound person's position are also important: in particular, Japanese bondage is notorious for its use of asymmetric positions to heighten the psychological impact of bondage.
Although some of the techniques of Japanese sexual bondage originated with the military restraint technique of Hojojutsu, sexual bondage techniques are far gentler, and great care is taken to avoid injury.
According to several sources, bondage as a sexual activity first came to notice in Japan in the late Edo period, perhaps as a result of Western influences. In the 1960s, a tradition of bondage as a form of performance art developed in Japan. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nawa_shibari, Apr 2004
Currently, there are about 30 recognizable bondage rope artists in Japan. Only about 5 or 6 are thought of as masters, true Sensei. What they do is today called "Nawakesho" which means rope art. These sensei consider what they do as an artform, as much as anything else in Japanese culture is thought of that way, such as bonsai, or tea, or ikebana. --http://www.ds-arts.com/RopeArt/JapaneseSM.html
History of Japanese Bondage
2. Eastern, Japanese or Oriental Bondage
Eastern rope bondage as a sensual artform, really is not that old. Many labor under the illusion that it goes back for centuries, but in reality is only a couple of decades old.
Hojojutsu on the other hand was the art of using a rope to capture, restrain and transport suspects and criminals in Japan during the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods; practiced by Torimono, but there was nothing sensuous about it. Indeed it was not only a form of restraint but also used as a cruel torture technique.
Because bondage was considered a shameful practice, the legal captor used no knots thus out of respect allowed the person arrested no shame. There were four rules of hojojutsu:
1. Not to allow the prisoner to slip his bonds.
2. Not to cause any physical or mental injury.
3. Not to allow others to see the techniques.
4. To make the result beautiful to look at. --http://www.ds-arts.com/RopeArt/History.html [Apr 2006]
Akechi DenkiArguably the most widely known rope artist in Japan today. Even his most torturous bondage techniques always display an element of beauty and harmony.
Asanawa.comStay on top by learning a few Japanese bondage terms:
nawa = rope
asanawa = traditional Japanese bondage and torture rope made of hemp
nawashi = rope artist
kinbaku = the art of Japanese bondage
shibari = the action of tying someone up
shibaritai = a top indicating his/her desire for bondage action
shibararetai = a sub indicating his/her desire for bondage action
tsuri = rope suspension
musubime = knot
musunde = tying a knot
Kikkou.comThe mother of all Japanese bondage sites directly from Japan. In English! With detailed how-to tutorials by kinbaku artists Randa Mai and Shiko Shima. The mother of all Japanese bondage sites directly from Japan. In English! With detailed how-to tutorials by kinbaku artists Randa Mai and Shiko Shima. -- http://www.kikkou.com
Nawashibari.comNawashibari's fluid archive of weekly features, random daily galleries and odd moments capture this erotic art form at it's most spontaneous, intriguing and sometimes, approaching it's height. Lush imagery is all produced by NawaShibari,com's own bondage gurus, photographers, and courageous heroines on their trek through bondage, sadomasochism, and sex - making this site a refreshing change from the mainstream!
Nawashi.comTo the western eye, nawa shibari appears to be a complicated way to tie someone up and one could probably have a lot of fun doing just that. But to the dedicated, it can be much more. Working with a single submissive, I have found that shibari represents a complete way of D/s. In part, shibari is a way of restraining to various degrees, a way of submitting deeply, a way of influencing behavior and thought, a way of intimacy, and a way of intense erotic play.
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