Shibari, Kinbaku, Japanese Inspired Rope Bondage… whatever terminology and language we use, the practice of Shibari/Rope Bondage has a history, culture and story of its own.
This history is not to be romanticized, or idolatrised or diminished and contains a diverse and rich development of cultures both within Japan and due to its export, across the world. Many people describe the history of Shibari as dating back to the Edo period, an ancient art form practiced in secret by only the highest skilled warriors, built upon respect with specific ties denoting rank and privilege of prisoners avoiding the use of knots so as not to bring about shame. Although this is true, there is a far more diverse history at play, one which if you wish to practice Shibari, should be respected, acknowledged, explored, understood?? (where possible) and certainly empathised with.Continue reading “Disclaimer – A post on Cultural Appropriation and Japanese Inspired Rope Bondage / Shibari”