BDSM in Japanese Culture – Rope Part 1

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November 25, 2014 by jayce428

This is the beginning of my Japanese culture series on this blog. I will talk about different aspects of the Japanese culture and different acts of BDSM that have been popular in Japanese culture in history. I’ve decided to talk about binding or rope play since it has a deep seeded past in Japanese history, and has even become quite popular in the population and even becoming part of Western BDSM.

The origin of Shibari comes from Hojo-jutsu, the martial art of restraining captives. In Japan from 1400 to 1700, while the local police and Samurai used Hojo-jutsu as a form of imprisonment and torture, the honor of these ancient Samurai warriors required them to treat their prisoners well. So, they used different techniques to tie their prisoners, showing the honor and status of their captured prisoner.

artofcontemporaryshibari

I’ts only in the last two hundred years that Shibari evolved into erotic bondage what is known today as Kinbaku, which is also used in the Western BDSM. But particularly in Japanese culture it’s not about the sadomasochistic side of the equation, it’s more about the art created by the person binding. Focusing on the aesthetics.

A lot of the Japanese culture has been put into animated films and comic books (manga), which is highly affected by Japanese culture and Shibari is very often featured in erotic manga, especially ecchi (meaning dirty or naughty) and hentai (roughly translated means pervert). But in manga or anime Shibari is seen as more erotic then it’s originally intended to be.

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