It's not just underwear (though it subs in great for boxers, briefs, thongs, or jocks -- especially where a little extra support is needed), it can reduce your tan lines to the smallest area possible at more private, secluded, or understanding beaches; and fundoshi is extremely secure for more active pursuits like water skiing, diving, volleyball, or just horsing around on the beach with your buds. A well-tied fundoshi is impervious to "wardrobe malfunctions!"
So, to get started, you need a 10-14 inch wide strip of the lightest weight fabric you can find. This gauze cotton is fantastic, but in a pinch an old soft bed sheet torn lengthwise, or even some cheesecloth, will work wonderfully! It should be about 8 feet long, or about 3 times your waist measurement. Not critical -- you'll figure out the exact custom size for yourself with a minimum of trial and error.
What we're going to tie here is a rokushaku fundoshi. This is far easier than a putting on a necktie.
If you were holding this third of cloth at your natural waist level, it should fall about to the top of your ankles. Don't worry if it takes a couple tries to get the proportions just right -- practicing is fun! It may help to use a mirror, or to have a friend whisper encouragements breathily in your ear while you tie on your new fundoshi.
Draw the rest of the cloth back between your legs, twisting it a little into a rope-like shape as you go. Draw the cloth up between your buttocks, and to the right. You're about to wrap it around your waist and form the "belt" in Step 2.
It pays to pull things snug. There is no perfect tightness, but you don't want a fundoshi that's too loose -- it won't be comfortable, it won't keep its shape, and it probably won't stay on. There will be days when you want it a little looser, though, i.e. for lounging and sunning. There will be other days when you want it tighter, like if you're going to be running, hiking, swimming, etc.
You can leave the cloth that you pull around your waist flat if you'd like (and sometimes I do!), but it's customary to wind/twist it into a rope shape. It adds a little grip to the fabric. I usually start the twist directly behind my scrotum, which also thrusts my tackle outward a touch and makes a nice round thong of cloth that presses directly against the muscly, nerve-rich mound of my perineum. So not only does this look good, but the gentle pressure on your "male G-spot" over the course of the day floods your mind with pleasure chemicals (and dirty thoughts!), which just makes the day nicer. But flat is A-OK, too.
Keep twisting as you go. Again, the amount of twist is a matter of taste -- and one of the endlessly customizable features of the fundoshi. If you want, lay the belt flat and wide instead!
This doesn't act at all like the elastic waistband you're probably accustomed to. Once tied, the fundoshi is held on by friction and very simple knotting. It won't loosen on its own, or ride up, or fall down. If you're swimming/showering/etc., the water causes the cloth to swell up a little and holds the fundoshi on even better! The only way a fundoshi is going to come off is if you or your mate unravel it!
What you're going to do in the next step is pass the roped belt portion underneath itself. But we'll get to that.
For now, just keep things snug as you wrap yourself up. This is a two-handed operation, but it only takes a minute. Once you get the hang of it you'll be tying fundoshis on in no time! But it's OK to take it slow, reflect on what you're doing, and appreciate the sensations. This is an ancient garment -- it's not in a hurry!
Not too tight -- don't restrict blood flow or make fundoshi-wearing uncomfortable. But remember, the fundoshi is held on by friction -- once fully tied, it pulls against itself evenly in all directions.
It will stay pretty much exactly as tight as you to tie it. So tie it to feel good. A little snugness is best, and looks best.
There's a saying in Japan, akin to "roll up your sleeves and get to work" or "prepare for battle." It translates directly as "tighten up your fundoshi." For the samurai, dock workers, and farmers that were the hardworking wearers of fundoshi over the last ten centuries, a well-tied, snug fundoshi was essential!
Things are starting to take form, and probably feeling pretty unique too. Arousal is pretty common when putting on a fundoshi, what with all that cloth slipping lightly against your nakedness, and while we're on that subject: it's a good idea to tie the fundoshi with your penis pointing upwards, and/ or laying against your lower abdomen.
You can adjust yourself as you go, but when all is said and done, your cock should point up and your balls should flank it on either side. That way the fundoshi will work with your erections instead of against them, and will avoid a lot of discomfort.
Do what the fellow in the picture is doing: draw the portion you just dropped back between your legs, same as you did with the belt portion in the first step. This will complete the front pouch.
I recommend twisting this, too, starting just behind your balls. Here's where things start to get a little trickier, because the pictures aren't as clear. But don't worry, it's easy. I'll walk you through it.
Take this new portion you've just begun twisting, and pass it under and around the first part -- the "thong" portion of the belt that was the very first part of the fundoshi you created in Step 1.
(again, the twists are optional -- you could skip the last three paragraphs and move on to Step 5 and it'd be just fine. But I find the twisting and looping I just described forms a more perfect fundoshi for me. Personalize your fundoshi.)
Do what feels best for you. Try both ways and see how they look and feel different. I switch hit with these methods, so can you!
Pass the second thong over the first one, using each of your hands to pull them upward and get a good degree of snugness. Then wrap each one around the belt: the first portion goes to the left, the second portion goes to the right.
Each end should wrap around the belt at least 3 or 4 times. In my experience, that results in the most symmetrical fundoshi. Also, it is as secure as a bank vault. Nothing short of you or your lover unwrapping the fundoshi (or scissors? Or really threadbare fabric giving way?) will compromise its integrity. The twins are safe!
You can do pretty much anything you want while wearing a fundoshi. Get used to the feeling of it. For a lot of people, having something between your buttocks takes some getting used to, but I can truthfully say that within just a short time, it'll stop feeling strange and start feeling good. You'll miss it when it's not there.
Let your imagination wander!
When you're done, just slide the cloth back over and adjust yourself. Was I not serious -- a fundoshi will stay just as tight as you tied it, no matter what? It makes a pretty nice, comfy post-coital wrap for afterglow-y cigarettes, joints, nightcaps, cuddles, etc.
Try on a fundoshi fresh off the ironing board on a chilly night for a luxurious, decadent experience. Make it your after-shower garb for shaving and grooming. Give your girlfriend or boyfriend a nice long massage in some orange candle light while modeling your fundoshi. Stun the folks at the sauna. Wear a secret bright red fundoshi under your business suit for that important meeting. Take some grainy black-and-white pictures and pretend they're antique erotica. Give people a mind-blowing answer to the "boxers or briefs" question. Have fun at the fabric store personalizing your fundoshi collection.
Wearing fundoshi is a lot of things. It's culturally enriching. It's economically sustainable. It's sexy. It's kinky, even, in certain situations. It's individualistic. But mostly, it's just fun.
If you've never worn fundoshi before now, wear one around for a few hours and get used to it. Untie it and retie it a few times until the comfort is just right. Model it for a friend. Or be all secretive and blush-y, if you'd rather. You'll start to understand the simplicity of it, and a lot of questions and doubts will melt away. Also, you'll feel hot as a pistol.
Have a great time wearing your fundoshi this summer! I hope you get lots of stories and memories out of what many think of as just a humble loincloth.
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