Erotic Japanese rope bondage
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Shibari (2005) - Master K
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The artistic side of Japananese bondage.
Nawa Shibari, or japanese bondage culture is very different from western bondage culture. In Japan it's more of a pure, meditative aesthetic with senseis and apprentices both in the areas of 'bondage masters' and bondage models. Like almost everything japanese it seems to be infused with an almost transcendent and philosophical spirit. Or at the least it's a meditative discipline. Japanese bondage is a ritualized discipline that distances it from sex and control and power and makes it exist strictly as a thing in itself, something that is for its own sake and nothing more, both meaningless and full of meaning, much like noise, much like zen buddhism, much like bonsai arts, much like the tending of rock gardens. -- Brian Cotts
Shibari (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/Japanese_bondage [Aug 2004]
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