14 February 2017

Happy Fundoshi Day!

February 14th is officially Fundoshi Day! Fundoshi Day began in 2012. It was created by the Japan Fundoshi Association, whose mission is "to propagate the use of fundoshi and save it from extinction." They have set a goal of “120 million fundoshists (people using fundoshi) by 2022.”

That's a goal I definitely support! This post contains artwork by a variety of artists celebrating Fundoshi Day.

February 14 was selected because of a pun on a reading of the date 2/14 in Japanese. February 14 is also Valentines Day, and a day in Japan for giving chocolate to loved ones. I see no problem with integrating the two holidays and spending time with loved ones (or lovers) while wearing fundoshi!

Of course I don't ;) It looks like a lot of these artists made the connection as well. So call up a special friend and put fundoshi on each other.

Happy Fundoshi Day!  -- Ry

10 January 2017

Reader Submissions; JC and more ShyC!

It's with great pleasure that I present 2017's first reader submissions! We're featuring some black-and-whites from JC, a reader I've been getting to know over the last year or so. His background is in art and textiles, and he's turned his skills to creating fundoshi and other traditional loincloths. He sent me some pictures modelling his handmade creations. These reminded me that even though a person wears a fundoshi (or langot, as the case may be), the fundoshi wears the person too. He has perfect body hair and a lean well-knit frame that showcases his fabric creations in an exquisite manner. It quickens my pulse every time!

After JC's photo set, we'll see some more from the exquisite ShyC.

[ ...I also went back to last week's "Best of 2016" entry, which was posted in a rush, and added names to the photo sets. I'm in the process of adding tags to every reader submission so it's easier to navigate and see all of each reader's submissions. ]

OK, enough boring editorializing, let's get to the pictures! First, here is JC wearing etchū fundoshi: