Tension literally means “tension”. Usually it refers to the rope tension, i.e. how tightly or loosely it is tied. In Yukimura-Ryû, however, it also refers to the emotional tension in the model and the bakushi. Both aspects influence each other and can be used to create intense moods.

The complex relationship between the rope tension and the emotional tension opens up its own playing field, which can already be used to design entire sessions. As in many other cases, the parameters tight/loose tightening and low/high emotional tension can be combined at will.


Tenugui (手ぬぐい) are narrow rectangular towels. They are 30 cm wide and 90 cm long and made of thin cotton. Tenugui are dyed or printed in different ways. There are two types of motifs: traditional patterns or pictures. Classic patterns are for example dotted mame-shibori or hishi shapes.

Particularly popular motifs are animals or plants, family crests (kamon, 家紋), traditional caricatures (Chôjû-jinbutsu-giga, 戯画) or motifs from woodblock prints (ukiyoe, 浮添え). There are numerous traditional patterns, such as the dotted mame shibori (豆絞り) , but waves or stylized plant leaves are also common.

Kendo fighters wear them under the helmet to catch the sweat. Some particularly beautiful Tenugui are also hung on the wall as pictures.

Tenugui are very useful in shibari as blindfolds. This makes it easier for the ukete to focus on non-verbal communication. Many bakushi use tenugui to practice blindfolded patterns.


When the first Portuguese arrived in Japan in the 16th century, they soon introduced firearms aka Teppô (鉄砲). It is these rifles slung over the shoulders of soldiers that first inspired the teppô shibari ( 鉄砲縛り) and later the teppozuri (鉄砲吊り) aka rifle suspension.


This suspension was popularized by the late shibari grandmaster Akechi Denki (明智伝鬼) and is very popular both on stages and in private.

Despite the traditional name, this pattern is not a classical pattern. There are no templates in hôjô-jutsu or other manuals and martial arts that show this technique. This pattern is a modern interpretation of traditional themes in shibari. It draws on historical imagery, but uses shibari aesthetics.

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