Shibari Vs Kinbaku

One of the most common controversies in the world of Japanese bondage is Shibari Vs Kinbaku. These terms are similar, but they definitely don’t mean the same. Although many people think the meaning is the same, each term has its own meaning. Some people think these semantic distinctions are unimportant and a waste of time. For them, they meanpractically the same thing. At least, from a Western point of view. Nevertheless, in Japanese culture, these two words do have a different meaning.

 In the Japanese dictionary Kinbaku means “to bind tightly”. It describes a practice where the connection between the rope artist and the bottom is important. On the other hand, Shibari means ” to tie”, and it can refer not only to people, but also to things.

Kinbaku and Shibari are Japanese terms and have numerous translations and interpretations of meanings surrounding the terms of kinbaku or shibari. All these interpretations seek to accurately define concepts that are an essential part of the Japanese culture. However, depending on the context, their meanings can vary significantly different. So, make sure you are using them the right way!

The truth is that Kinbaku and Shibari interpretations or translations are never accurate regarding the Japanese culture, and in the western culture the meaning can vary almost between each person. Kinbaku, as well as Shibari, is a sexualized extension of Hojojutsu, which is a martial art that was used as a way to restrain, transport and even torture slaves. Some Shiabri masters opinion is that Shibari is bondage tying and that Kinbaku is Shibari + emotional connection. For most people, Kinbaku and Shibari are two words that fulfil the criteria of bondage being beautiful, effective and with Japanese Aesthetic.

So, what’s your choice in the battle Shibari Vs Kinbaku?

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