The Beauty of Shibari

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The Beauty of

Shibari, the Japanese art of rope bondage has a long tradition in Japan.  The beauty of shibari and Its antecedents trace back to the martial art of hojojutsu.  Hojojutsu is the battlefield and policing techniques of using rope to bind prisoners or enemies.  The roots of shibari are also in kabuki theater, which often featured men and women getting bound in rope.

While today’s art of shibari was influenced by many of these styles and techniques.  The purpose of shibari, as it has evolved in the 20th and 21st century, is something quite different.  Unlike the practical (and often brutal) uses of rope during the Edo period, where rope was used for torture and extract confessions, modern shibari is focused on pleasure and entertainment.

Shibari and Eroticism

Bondage has been a part of erotic pleasure in Japan for a long time.  We see evidence of it in the earliest versions of the Japanese translation of the Kama Sutra which added a bondage position into the text.  Eroticism is also reflected in shunga or “spring drawings,” erotic art works done by many of the great Ukiyo-e masters.  Erotic shunga prints were often given as wedding gifts to newlyweds.

But the more modern version of shibari takes a variety of different forms.  At Rope Flix we have videos from the earliest Showa style rope to modern performances.  The range of rope in Japanese shibari is as dramatic and as distinct as the individuals who tie.

Shibari and Connection

The beauty of shibari is not in the rope or the ties, but in the beautiful connection that we see in the people who do it.  Whether is is the sensuality of Yukimura, the semenawa of Naka Akira and Nureki Chimuo, or the stage shows of Randa Mai, each rope master provides a sense of the beauty of rope as well as the possibilities that exist in the art of shibari.

The kind of connection you see in Yukimura’s videos is highly erotic.  With Naka and Nureki, the connection is more of a beautiful form of suffering.  In Randa Mai’s work, you see the development of trust and communication of the stage show.

These videos also illustrate that there are many different ways to communicate with rope.  We hope viewing them will help you better discover your own way.

 

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