Japanese Rope Tying Techniques

Japanese rope tying, often referred to as "Kinbaku" is a form of erotic art in which partners derive pleasure from the act of binding and being bound. Kinbaku has a rich historical lineage, and arose out of traditional military forms of confinement during the feudal era of Japan. Kinbaku translates to "beautiful bondage," an apt description of this aesthetic form of sadomasochism. Much emphasis is placed on the position of the body and the construction of the knots, so as to create an eye-pleasing display. Japanese rope tying can be a great way to spice up your sex life, if you're feeling a bit adventurous.

Step 1

Start with a simple and easy to understand tying technique. The "Ryo Tekubi" technique ties a person from wrist-to-wrist or ankle-to-ankle. When preparing for any bondage technique, be certain that your partner knows what to expect, and has a "safe word" which can be spoken to allow them to end the technique if they feel uncomfortable or in danger. When you are just beginning to add new techniques to your love life, be sure to go over the details involved with your partner beforehand, so they know what to expect.

Step 2

Take a good length of thin rope, and wrap it around your partners clasped wrists. You should aim to wrap around the wrists two to three times, and then leave a section of rope hanging so you can use it to create your first knot. Kinbaku places emphasis on using very few knots, so you'll want to ensure that each knot is made firm and functional. Since you are working on a very simple technique, do not worry too much about the type of knot you use, simply be sure that it will sufficiently hold the wrists together. If you are using hemp rope, a traditional loop knot, such as the type used when tying shoes should be sufficient to hold the wrists. If you are using a soft, synthetic rope, you may need to use a square knot to ensure that the knot does not "slip" from its holding.

A square knot is made by crossing two pieces of rope in a cross shape. Wrap the pieces through a loop as though taking the first step in tying shoelaces. Once the pieces have been looped, create a second cross between the two pieces of rope so that it creates a square of rope with two loops. Simply pull on the loose ends to bring the knot to a close.

Step 3

Complete the knot, then grab the remaining length of rope. This length of rope can be used like reigns to control the movement and positioning of the bound individual. From here you may move onto a new technique, or continue with the Ryo Tekubi technique, and begin to bind the ankles. Be sure to use a new length of rope when tying the ankles, as the goal is to present the body in an aesthetic manner while disallowing freedom of movement.

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Things You Will Need

  • Thin rope


  • There are many different types of Japanese rope tying techniques. Most of these techniques are fairly open-ended, and do not require a great deal of knowledge on types of knot. Remember that your goal is to engage in an erotic performance with your partner, do not become overly focused on performing the techniques in the proper manner. Allow the experience to progress naturally, and take time to appreciate the aesthetic display created.


  • While Japanese rope-tying can be very arousing, be careful with your partner's body. Do not force them into positions of extreme duress without explicit consent. Be aware that hemp rope, which is traditionally used in the art of Kinbaku can easily cause rope burns and lasting bodily marks. As such you should be cautious about creating excess friction, and aware of areas that may be visible to the public at a later date.
  • Some of the websites on Japanese knot tying contain adult material, so please do not proceed if you are underage.

About the Author

Jacob Stover is a writer and editor from Ann Arbor. He has been writing professionally since 2009. His work has been published in the "Wayne State University Literary Review." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and film studies from Wayne State University.

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