Category: History

Gender Equality in Ropes

Gender equality in ropes is a topic worth discussing. Since we live in a sexist society that holds men and women in different positions, shibari, with its foundation in the binary opposition between dominant and submissive, might appear problematic to some. We are used to having doctors and female doctors; electricians and female electricians; while…
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Hojojutsu

Kinbaku or shibari is an erotic art from Japan that started with hojojutsu. This is the traditional martial art from this country which has its principles in rope restraint. The term hojojutsu means the “art of seizing with help of a rope.” Law enforcement and samurais used it in the Edo era (from 1602 to…
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Seiu Ito

Seiu Ito was born in Asakusa Tokyo in 1882. He was a Japanese painter and the creator of Kinbaku, known in the world as Bondage or Shibari. On imagination, he conjures scenes difficult to imagine—and much more difficult to recreate. In a society as hermetic and mysterious as the Japanese, where it is complex to…
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Early Japanese Slavery

To understand the real origins of Japanese bondage, also known as Shibari or kinbaku, we have to understand early Japanese slavery. For this, we will have to travel back in time to the 3rd century AD. This is when Japan had an official slave system during the Yamato period. At this time, masters referred to…
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