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Japanese Bondage – History and Practices

by Simon Blackthorne at Wasteland.com

First of all, it takes a little time to explain about the background of Japanese bondage. You need to know about this, because you may miss a couple of the most intense effects if you do not. Japanese bondage is a combination of bondage-effects like most of us know them (power, helplessness), beauty and aesthetics (compare the Japanese “Ikebana” style of presenting flowers if you like) and very intense erotic massage (by the ropes and knots) that is very similar to acupuncture and acupressure techniques and shiatsu (Japanese massage).

In the Oriental middle ages, bondage originally was developed as a punishment technique in both Japan and China. And, like all forms of Oriental punishment, what does the trick is time and repetition (like the eternal water-drip). In modern erotic Japanese bondage time is also a very important factor: take your time to build it up and take time to let the effect come out.

The basic forms of Japanese Bondage include:

Shinju
Sukaranbo
Karada
Kotori
Minimal bondage
Asymmetric bondage

Although the Japanese mostly use rather rough types of rope, the general advice is to use very soft and tender ropes, about 10 to 12 mm thick (half inch), especially for the bondage described below. A full Japanese bondage is built up in different layers. The ones here are basics. It is a very good idea to combine them with other, western types, like a hog-tie. A second professional tip is to use a set of relatively short pieces of rope (unless otherwise specified you will need pieces of about 3 M (3-5 yards). Use only flat knots. If you do not know how to make one, it’s simple: cross the left end of the rope over the right end and then go back crossing right over left (if you want to be a future bondage master, join the boy scouts at a very early age!). The trick about using short pieces of rope is that you are able to adjust certain parts without having to untie the whole thing (which is very helpful in just about every bondage, not only Japanese). You will find that your sub will ask you to tighten certain strings, once she is underway for a couple of hours. She needs the extra massage and the ropes will literally give her the idea that these are the only strings, holding her body together.

Right, having said all this, let’s start with the first one. By the way, these first two bondage go together very well and can both be worn under normal clothing (how is that for a visit to your mother-in-law’s, a nice dinner or just a day at work!!!). Together they form a sort of bondage-lingerie.

Shinju Japanese Bondage

“Shinju” Breast Bondage

Shinju (Japanese word for pearls [i.e. the breasts])
Start off with rolling your first piece of rope around your sub’s torso, just under the breasts (the ropes should touch these and will later support them). Do not do this too tightly but make sure the tightness of each individual winding is just about the same as the previous and the next one. Tie the ends together on the back: the knot should be right next to (not ON) the spine. Next you wind your next rope in exactly the same way above the breasts.

Take your last end of rope now, double it up and lead it under the lower windings until the rope is halfway under the winding, cross over one or two times and make a nice “V” leading the ends over the shoulders to the back. Pull it, until the lower windings push up the breasts a little, then tie both ends to the lower windings. Again make sure your knot is next to the spine.

The erotic pressure comes from the ropes under the breasts and shoulders and from the knots massaging the spine at the very sensitive spot just below the shoulders. The breasts and the nipples will slowly start to feel the sensation of being slightly pressed and they will become more and more sensitive, even to clothing.

Sukaranbo Japanese Bondage

Sukaranbo Pelvic Bondage

Sukaranbo (Japanese word for cherry)
For this one you will again need three ends of rope. Take your first end, double it up, lay it around the waist (again not too tight), lead the ends carefully through the crotch (in between the labia and over the clitoris) and tie the whole thing together at the back, next to the spine. You can add some refinement here by making knots in the ends passing the crotch that will exactly touch either the clitoris, anus or both.

Wind the next rope around the upper thigh, just under the bottom. Tie the end together at the outside of the thigh, touching the bottom on the outside end. Be sure to leave one end about 30 CM (13 inch) long. This end is to cross the bottom, tilt it a little and is tied to the waist winding, exactly in the middle (next to the spine again). Fix the other rope around the other leg in exactly the same way. (The two ends crossing the bottom, each with a knot on the end form the “cherry.”) Apart from the direct stimulation of the clitoris and/or the anus a lot of the excitement comes from the “cherry” and from massaging the inner parts of the thighs and the bottom/leg border (those of you who are into caning know that this is the most sensitive spot on the bottom).

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About Simon Blackthorne

Simon Blackthorne
Simon Blackthorne is a Dungeonmaster at Wasteland.com. With over 30 years experience as a MaleDom, he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and wit to the BDSM scene. Simon was one of original directors and contributors to Wasteland starting in 1995 and is a respected leader in the New England BDSM community. You can see Simon's BDSM Video Demonstrations and Tutorials at Wasteland.com
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