Japan is a country with a very unique culture that separates it from the rest of the world. Some Japanese traditions can seem extremely strange or even somewhat bizarre. One of them is Shibari, the art of bondage - the pinnacle of the Japanese culture.

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Shibari is one of Japan's unique traditions

Basically, Shibari means "to tie up". The art of Shibari is an ancient Japanese art that came from the creation of ropes. Although there are many "adult" variations and misunderstandings about Shibari, this art form is still being maintained and developed by contemporary artists. Not only that, but it has also made its way to other cultures.

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Japanese people have been practicing the art for thousands of years

When mentioning Shibari, people imagine a woman being tied up and hung up from the ceiling. Therefore, this art form can cause a lot of misconceptions. Many steer away from it because they think it is a pathological act, exploiting the pain of others to relieve the inner lust.

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There's more to the art!

However, that is not the idea behind it. Many women not only in Japan but around the world voluntarily let artists use their bodies to perform Shibari. According to them, this special art form helps to relieve stress, circulate blood, and also has some psychological benefits.

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Shibari bondage performance at the University of Kyoto

Most recently, Kyoto's humanities and social sciences initiative collaborated with the University of Kyoto to hold a demonstration of binding Shibari. The students had a rare chance to witness the art from leading experts in the field, such as Hajime Kinoko. At the same time, a beautiful model - Aimi, also came to be a part of the demonstration.

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Contemporary artists are trying to keep the tradition alive

According to experts in this field, Shibari may feel uncomfortable and a bit "disgraceful" to the viewer at first. But if you look from a more open perspective, it's an art of a unique nature.

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There are many more variations of Shibari

The art of Shibari bondage is widely applied in Japan. It has become a popular cultural value ​for people in the country of cherry blossoms. By organizing more seminars like this, experts seek to further disseminate Shibari to those both inside and outside of Japan.