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."

17 June 2014

Stella Polaris

Here's an amazing specimen of slender muscle tucked into a fundoshi, whose tumblr I follow! You should too!  He goes by Joe-099 and the tumblr is called "Stella Polaris."

10 June 2014

Ritual And Release

Here's another collection of festival and sensual scenes. I love the contrast between the two, how context can change a near-naked body from an object of traditional reverence into an object of primordial lust. These things are deeply wired in us. On an instinctual level, we need both sexuality and ritual.

03 June 2014

Splashes Of Color

One of the best parts of this year so far has been connecting with fundoshi-lovers around the world, through this site and through the new-ish Ryan Rokushaku profile on facebook.

Here's a glimpse of the spectrum this has opened up for me, and all the delicacies on parade that such online introductions provide! A truly beautiful, delicious, intoxicant array of fundoshi'd packages and muscled glutes.

I hope you enjoy it, and I hope everyone continues to share such amazing fundoshi experiences and photos!

Anyone can feel free to contact me via the link above/to the right if you have photos of yourself or of a fundoshi'd friend you'd like to add to this parade! I think this is the first time I've broached the conraction "fundoshi'd." Is that OK, or does it seem disrespectful? I know in many languages smooshing things together is how new words get made, but not in all languages. I'm perfectly fine with never saying it again, but, on the other hand, if this is a way to welcome the word "fundoshi" into English, rather than revert to calling it "traditional Japanese loincloth" or however it would be described to an unfamiliar English-speaker under present circumstances. It just seems long and awkward, when a graceful word already exists!

I have to admit, I'm at a real disadvantage because of geography. I only know the tiniest bit of spoken Japanese, and none of the written language. I know people who've visited and lived in Japan, but I've yet to travel there. Something I have to save up for! It's been especially wonderful to communicate with other people, even in imperfect translations, about the sensuous experience of wearing the fundoshi. And so good to share my own experiences, enjoyment, and photos! I'm excited for the rest of 2014, and inspired to get tied up in some cloth.

Full of gratitude,