Languages › Japanese Introduction to the Japanese Word Shibaru Share Flipboard Email Print Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated May 25, 2017 Shibaru is a Japanese word that means "to bind," "to tie" or "to fasten." In Japanese characters, Shibaru is "縛る （しばる）." Example Watashi wa nanigoto nimo shibarareru nowa iya da.私は何事にも縛られるのはいやだ。 Translation: I don't like to be ruled by anything.