Shibari (縛り) - to bind or to tie. 
Kinbaku (緊縛) - Tight bondage or sexual bondage. 

describe in Japanese language the practice methods of bondage by ropes.

The meaning of  

The origin of Shibari / Kinbaku lies in the integral link between rope and the Japanese culture, the martial art of Hojojutsu - the torture methods in feudal Japan and its appearance in Kabuki theatre and Ukio-e art in Edo period.

The “culture” of torture and punishment were an inseparable part of daily life in Japan, thus, appearing as a dramatic element in Kabuki theatre and art. Kinbaku developed by keeping the technique of tying in Hojojutsu while adjusting the aesthetics and safety for the stage. 

Even though Shibari / Kinbaku appeared in Japan during the mid-19th century, it gained popularity only after the second world war and gained new life in erotic magazines who included naked and bound prints for the first time. In the 60’s japanese riggers (“Nawashi” in japanese) started giving live shows.

Nowadays Shibari / Kinbaku is adopted in the BDSM community and gains popularity in Japan and out of it as an erotic, but also artistic element. It contains many characteristics of kinky behavior such as the urge to experience the inability to move as a part of a power exchange, Sado-Masochistic elements that come to play depending on the level of difficulty of the tie.

As any healthy intimate activity, Shibari / Kinbaku requires consent. Moreover, to avoid injury, a deep technical and physiological understanding is needed, as well as preliminary communication and an open discourse and transparency throughout the whole process.


Although the Shibari / Kinabaku includes a very powerful physical, mental and mental experience, and can take the relationship to new and experiential places it is not mental or psychological treatment in any form* - anyone who purports to present the Shibari / Kinbaku as a type of therapy, treatment, or 'Healing' of any kind is a dangerous person, a charlatan, and one must be very careful.

*This warning is widely accepted and recognized worldwide because of cases where people have presented themselves as healers and have done considerable mental damage to their associates or exploited them physically and sexually in other cases.

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