What Is Kinbaku? | What Is Shibari?

What Is Kinbaku? | What Is Shibari?

Introduction

Are you into bondage and is it one of your kinks? And do you want to try a kind of exotic bondage? Then this article is for you. Because we are going to discuss Japanese bonding techniques, Kinbaku and Shibari. We will discuss them one by one. You will also get to know whether they are separate or there a connection between the two. Let’s start with Kinbaku.

Kinbaku

Before talking about Kinbaku, we would to first explain its meaning in Japanese is. It means tight binding. It is a Japanese way of bondage in which ropes known as ‘asanawa’ are used to practice bondage.

While most of you might be thinking that Kinbaku must be a recent phenomenon, but it isn’t. It's centuries old. Although, its popularity did shoot up in the 50s thanks to some popular magazines. This might have also been because of American influence on society after the cold war.

If you want to try Kinbaku, then that’s great because it will give you a different experience than what you might be trying now which is usual western bonding. It’s getting quite some popularity in the west as of now thanks to the internet. Also, it had been featured by pop artists and also in some motion pictures.

There are dozens of Kinbaku patterns that exist whichone can try. The human body parts which they cover while bonding are:

  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Legs
  • Wrists
  • Breasts

There are a great number of variations that are used to involve more than one of these body parts. But one thing should be noted. In case you are trying Kinbaku for the first time with your partner, do make use of a safe word since it’s a new thing for him/her.The last thing which you would want to do is hurt them in any way unknowingly.

Also, you can experiment with the variations recommended in traditional Kinbaku. This might further enhance the pleasure of you and your partner. There have many books that have been written about this as well in English.

You can read them if you are interested to know more. We also recommend that you check our videos and pictures of the different variations of bondage since you may find them to be clearer than just described in words.

Also, try to use the same kind of rope that the Japanese use to get the real feel of it. They are available online.

Shibari

Now many people start thinking that Shibari is different than Kinbaku but the thing is the word Shibari itself has nothing to do with erotic bondage. It is a misnomer that became famous in the west in the 90s which people started using to describe the original form of Japanese erotic bondage, Kinbaku.

Many prominent photographers of various countries have used Shibari as a theme in some of their photoshoots. While a singer once did a music video featuring Shibari once. Many Japanese today feel that westerners are misusing their language by using Shibari to refer to Kinbaku.

Some westerners want to differentiate them by saying that Shibari is just ‘artistic’ while it is Kinbaku which is sexual and sensual. Whether this is the case or not is a topic that is up for debate but this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it with your partner.

Many people have reported positive results after trying this out as it was something different than traditional BDSM which they had been doing. If you want to learn it properly, there are instructors also available whose services you can use to become a pro at it.

FAQs

Can sex toys be used while practicing Kinbaku/Shibari?

Yes, for sure. They will help you a lot as they enhance pleasure irrespective of the sexual acts that you are doing. If you are a guy who is doing Kinbaku on his girlfriend or wife, then you can use a vibrator or dildo on them while if you are a gal doing it on your boyfriend or husband, you can use penis masturbators.

Can I have sex while I am practicing Kinbaku/Shibari?

Yes, you can but we recommend that you enjoy it for the way that it was meant. Using toys is one of the things which you can do instead.

Conclusion

The Japanese have done their part in adding something to the BDSM ecosystem. Now it is up to you whether or not to try it. If you are a research enthusiast, then there is a tonne of research which you can do on this subject.

If you really enjoy Kinbaku and Shibari and practice it regularly, then you can also think of visiting Japan and learn about similar Japanese practices while you are there. The Japanese culture has contributed a lot to sexuality as a whole and this contribution should not be forgotten.


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