Shibari is the practical activity of tying another body. Kinbaku on other hand is what happens when it is not just about the tying, but about the people engaged with the rope.

Aus Sense & Shibari: A Sociological Re-evaluation of the Knowledge of Rope bondage von Hedwig, nach Kinoko Hajime.

I’m addicted to rope over years at all. The smell of rope, the sound of rope, roughness and softness of rope, engraving my skin, reconstructing my physical appearance, touching my soul, giving me the chance to stay in contact with my inner feelings, thoughts and fantasies.

Rope rapes me, takes me, turns me into fragile, let me collapse, it’s my inner fight, to give up, to be pushed down, to get used, mellowing in the ropes, feeling every movement of my Rigger through every piece of my body – the most intimate kind of shared moment.

Von: SimplyShe

Kinbaku doesn’t start with the rope. It starts with a glance, a touch. It is a shiver turning into an earthquake. No matter how devastating, flowers always grow back after an earthquake.

Von: Gorgone

Now, if your question was about the difference between Shibari/Kinbaku (which is Japanese) and Western-style bondage (as opposed to reverse-engineered make-to-look-like Japanese bondage), then I’d say Western bondage strikes me as more utilitarian. Something where the end result seems more important than the way (or process) of tying.

Von: Osada Steve