Category: Glossary

Shashinshu

Shashinshu, in its simplest terms, means “photo collection” or “photobook”. In the context of Shibari, it refers to a series of photographs that relate to each other for some reason. For example, because the same model appears in all of them. You can also document every step of a Shibari or suspension scene. Moreover, you…
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Types of Submissive

In any BDSM practice there are two main roles: dominant, called “dom,” and submissive, referred to as “sub”. When Shibari is part of a BDSM dynamic, the bottom (the person being tied) is usually a submissive. Now, not all subs are the same. For the success of any scene, it is important to understand the…
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Sex Menu

Japanese bondage offers two different versions. Shibari focuses on the aesthetic value of the scene, as well as in the emotional connection among participants. Kinbaku, on the other hand, keeps a stronger focus on the erotic aspects of the scene, and is frequently sexual, whether it is only by including some teasing and arousal elements,…
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Tsuri

In the context of Shibari, “Tsuri” means suspension. So, it refers to any scene in which the bottom is lifted above the ground. Tsuri is the most difficult type of scene in Shibari. Therefore, only professional riggers with a thorough knowledge of ropes and knots should attempt to do it. Additionally, a bottom should only…
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Gravure

Shibari and photography mix up very well together. This is not surprising, since Shibari is a strongly visual art form, which can provide excellent photographic material. On the other hand, pinup photography has a long tradition in the West. Actually, it goes back to the classic 40s and 50s models. Pinup has been displaced in…
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Subspace

During an intense Shibari scene a bottom can experience what is now called “subspace,” an intense physical and emotional response to the experience of the scene. Physiologically, it is the result of the segregation of adrenaline and hormones as a response to the intense sensations of pain and pleasure. Emotionally, it implies a complete involvement…
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Etsugyaku

In Shibari, Etsugyaku is the ideal of pleasure and pain. Even though for the Western mentality pain and pleasure are opposites, for the Japanese tradition you can actually combine them to create something bigger. As in all BDSM practices, pain is not an end in itself, but rather a necessary state to reach the highest…
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The Invisible Bond

A Shibari scene needs three ropes that intertwine with each other. The first one is the physical rope, which accounts for the shape and strength of the scene. The second one is the emotional connection between top and bottom, which can be extremely intense. The third one is the professional bond between rigger and bunny,…
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Jibaku

In Shibari, Jibaku is the art of tying oneself. Although it may sound complicated at first, it is actually relatively easy. That is, if you have skilled hands and arms, and provided you follow the proper technique. Jibaku is, for some, a form of meditation, and developing control over oneself. It is an act of…
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Gote Takatekote

Gote Takatekote is the principal tying technique used in Kinbaku. It can be the basis for many different knots. If you want to be a proficient top, you should dominate this technique. Gote is a word that indicates that the rigger ties the bottom’s hands behind the back. On the other hand, Takate refers to…
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