26 August 2014

Fundoshi Provocateur

The erotic charge of fundoshi photography is often amplified by facelessness, by the presenting of the genital mound or the butt in an outward- or upward-thrust manner, by dim lighting or by it's opposite -- furtive snapshots out in the open, where risk of discovery is implied. The fundoshi becomes an interval between dress and nudity, even though historically a fundoshi and a fundoshi only is considered full dress. The ceremonial, historical, proper context of the fundoshi as a humble-yet-intricate garment is temporarily forgotten in the upsurge of hormones and the quickening of blood. Despite ourselves we imagine the feel of the fabric stretched over our own cocks, pulling tighter as we grow erect. We picture ourselves strutting and posing and posting naughty images on the internet. We gratefully satisfy this carnality as we stare with wide wet eyes at the twisted spiral of white fabric that cleaves the masculine buttocks before us, and as we imagine the treasure contained and outlined in the rounded pouches. Is it our own, for a moment? Do we enter the photographs on some psychic level, the voyeur and the exhibitionist entwining and merging into a hot pool of flesh and fabric, sweat and slick male essence?

To be truthful, I don't know. Maybe you don't project yourself into the models' loincloths, but often I do. Maybe imaginary scenarios don't play out in your head where you and they are fundoshi-clad and fevered, touching and caressing, bulging fundoshi grazing and pushing against one another while your chests rise and fall.

The sexual and the spiritual. The sexual is the spiritual.

12 August 2014

Rope Master

From Wikipedia:

"Bondage as a sexual activity first came to notice in Japan in the late Edo period.[5] Generally recognized as "father of Kinbaku" is Seiu Ito, who started studying and researching Hojōjutsu is credited with the inception of Kinbaku, though it is noted that he drew inspiration from other art forms of the time including Kabuki theatre and Ukiyoe woodblock prints. Kinbaku became widely popular in Japan in the 1950s through magazines such as Kitan Club and Yomikiri Romance, which published the first naked bondage photographs. In the 1960s, people such as Eikichi Osada began to appear performing live SM shows often including a large amount of rope bondage, today these performers are often referred to as Nawashi (rope master) or Bakushi (from kinbakushi, meaning bondage master)."

29 July 2014

The Fine Art Of The Japanese Tattoo, Part 3 of 3

Here's the final (for now) installment of  Japanese bodies clad only in a fundoshi and blazing tattoo-work by master artists!

15 July 2014

Guest Post, by John!

"I have had an interest in Asia for some time.  I’ve been to several countries in south east Asia but not to Japan, so far.  I was reasonably familiar with the Indian langot and knew about fundoshi and etchu from movies and books about Japan and the second World War.  The prisoners, mostly British and Australian, who worked on the Burma railway wore etchu (so did the Japanese soldiers).  There were plenty of pictures in books.

I have a 31 inch waist and generally prefer to wear brief undies.  I was shown how to tie a fundoshi years ago but had forgotten until I was reminded by your own web site.  Your tip about shredding material gave me the idea about getting some muslin.  It worked really well and was very cheap.  I then decided to try the red and the grey shiny materials.  They also are very cheap, about EUR 2.00 per metre.  I think they are nylon of some sort, definitely synthetic.  Several other colours are available.  I know you say silk would not work but I think it might.  I’d like to try it, but silk is fairly expensive and I haven’t tried it yet.  I was looking at a fabric that has some lycra in it also and will probably get it some time."