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A ''sarashi'' is a long strip of cloth, usually thick cotton, wrapped tightly around the midriff up to the chest. Historically worn under kimono both by {{samurai}} (to resist injury) and by women (for more "obvious" reasons, particularly in eras when [[SuppressedMammaries a slim figure was considered fashionable]]), its association with warriors has made it a near-universal symbol of toughness in Japan.

While common in anime -- JapaneseDelinquents (particularly in classic, older series) will often be seen wearing one under their coat or unbuttoned shirt as a visible cue as to their general level of {{Badass}}ery -- this is a general Japanese cultural trope, often found in RealLife and applicable to women as well as to men. For female characters, however, a sarashi may also serve as an accessory to a potentially boring outfit, as an aid in {{crossdress|er}}ing, or simply as a way to prevent {{Gainaxing}}. In these cases the wrapping is pushed up a few inches to cover and flatten the chest ([[FanService usually]]), and the irony inherent in using such a traditional symbol of masculinity to accentuate or disguise femininity may be [[FetishFuel deliberately invoked.]]

Of course, if it's a female samurai[[note]]"onna bugeisha", which extends to all female warriors, is the proper term because "samurai" should only be used for males, as it was in the Sengoku Period[[/note]], a sarashi is pretty much a given.

Compare BandageBabe.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Junko Hattori from ''LightNovel/IchibanUshiroNoDaiMaou'' has both a Sarashi and a {{Fundoshi}}
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''
** Ryuunosuke wears a ''sarashi'' not only to demonstrate her tough, combative nature but also as a substitute for the bra her father wouldn't let her wear.
** Tomibaro also has a sarashi, from his bushido lifestyle and traditional clothing choices.
* Kuwabara in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' wears a ''sarashi'' at different times throughout the series.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** Ukyō Kuonji wore one during her earlier appearances, but as she began to re-embrace her femininity it disappeared from her regular wardrobe.
** Akane and Ranma (when locked in female form) also wear tight breast bindings when it's necessary to [[WholesomeCrossdresser pass off as boys]]. Ironically, the incident which prompted Akane to wear one resulted in probably her most memorable {{Fanservice}} scene.
* Back when Uotani, an accomplished delinquent, was still "in service" in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', she learns that she's in the same school as the daughter of her role model, the Red Butterfly. She pictures the girl as wearing a school skirt, carrying a katana, and wearing a sarashi. In the next page, she meets the "daughter": it's [[TheIngenue Tohru]].
* ''Manga/LoveHina''
** Motoko and Tsuruko Aoyama, trained swordswomen both, are occasionally seen with the sarashi bra version.
** Kanako also uses it, for more pragmatic reasons: as a way to disguise herself whenever she's posing as someone else.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Likewise, Setsuna Sakurazaki, who belongs to the same sword school as in ''LoveHina'' above.
** Kaede also uses sarashi as a bra, being a {{Ninja}} and everything.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
** Sanosuke, of course, being a badass criminal, could always be seen with his shirt half-open, [[WalkingShirtlessScene exposing his highly buff chest and his bandaged midriff]].
** Kaoru also wears one under her kendo uniform (apparently as a stand-in for a bra), and appears prominently after the ClothingDamage that occurs during the surprisingly-not-played-for-{{Fanservice}} standoff at the Aoi-Ya during the Kyoto Arc.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In keeping with the samurai motif, shinigami tend to wear this under their uniforms. However, it's usually only exposed if the shinigami is heavily bandaged, whether female or male. In a few cases, such as Kenpachi or some of Ichigo's bankai appearances, the sarashi is displayed as part of a rugged, badass image. Soifon has a special one made of metal that is gigantic in both size and length. It's part of her bankai and is used to control the recoil created by firing a FantasticNuke from her arm.
* Bandage-style wrappings seem to be a common fashion accessory in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. At least one character is seen wearing them sarashi-style. Prior to the timeskip, Ino wears them from her knees at least up to her midriff.
** This is most likely a case of extremely creative inventory management. For shinobi, all-purpose bandages can be used for everything from bandaging wounds to bracing sprains/breaks to using them to ensnare an opponent to passing secret messages to igniting explosives, and then probably about a dozen other uses. However, because a shinobi can only wear so many equipment pouches, and a lot of their equipment is fairly bulky, it makes sense to carry bandages already worn on the body.
** Kurenai almost seems to wear bandages in lieu of underwear, as her arms, torso, and upper thighs are all wrapped.
* Akira Okuzaki from ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' wore these [[{{Crossdresser}} to hide a secret.]] Also, {{ninja}}.
* Due to being a traditional samurai (and occasional MrFanservice) Goemon from ''Characters/LupinIII'' wears the sarashi. Bathing scenes with him will use either just the {{Fundoshi}}, or the fundoshi and sarashi.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** Kamina wears one frequently, usually as [[WalkingShirtlessScene his only form of upper body clothing]] (aside, of course, from his BadassCape).
** Simon's pre-{{timeskip}} default outfit shows one under his unbuttoned shirt.
* Ling Yao from the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga and ''Brotherhood'' anime series wears these around both his waist and wrists, and wears an open jacket.
* Throughout most of chapter 7 of ''Manga/PrettyFace'', Randou wears some to try and flatten the fake breasts he's wearing at the time. The problem is, they're bonded to his chest by an extremely potent bonding agent that keeps them on for a full 24 hours, and they're huge when he was previously apparently flat. He spends most of two days unable to breathe properly as a result. Later another character slaps him on the back, causing the bandages to fall off. HilarityEnsues when everyone sees that Yuna suddenly got MUCH larger breasts.
* Ryuubi wears those under her martial arts uniform in ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' ''Dragon Destiny'' to keep her [[GagBoobs ENORMOUS breasts]] under check. [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Of course, it only works to a degree]].
* Kagome, the elementary schooler in ''Manga/AsuNoYoichi'', has one. This is because she's very... developed for her age, and she uses it to hide that she is. She ends up using the cotton to bandage her implied crush's wrist, but makes sure her chest is not noticeable.
* An open shirt and sarashi appears to be the "uniform" of Haine's yanki gang in ''Manga/ShinshiDoumeiCross''. Also kicks the FanService up a notch; yanki Haine is hot, and the rest of her gang doesn't do too bad either.
* Erza Scarlet sports this look as one of her most frequently equipped armors in ''Manga/FairyTail'', combined with a pair of flame print hakama pants, and her hair in a ponytail, plus a pair of katanas. The lack of her usual armor significantly increases the Badass-ness.
* Naeka tries one in an episode of ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'', in order to increase her math grades (by decreasing her bust size-it makes perfect sense in context). Unfortunately, the breasts tear through it, so Kogarashi gives her a solid steel breastplate (not a BreastPlate) to compensate. Which explodes violently in the middle of the exam.
* Shigure in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', being raised in a more traditional environment, always wears sarashi and fundoshi instead of a bikini when she's on a beach or at a pool.
* Kondo and Kyuubei (and a whole bunch of thugs) wear these in [[ShirtlessScene one ending sequence]] of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Kyuubei's was sort of a spoiler...
* Mira Nygus from ''Manga/SoulEater'' would probably qualify.
* {{Delinquent|s}} Kunieda Aoi from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' wears a sarashi and [[FanService nothing else]] on top aside from her BadassLongcoat.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'': Daizemon Kaze has one of these in combination with the open coat. It's really just the icing of Badass on this Huge cake of awesome.
* Canty in ''Manga/TheCherryProject'' wears one ''over'' her skating uniform, just because it looks cool.
* In the ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' manga, Koyuki is seen wearing these a number of times.
* Shana from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' wears this in a few episodes.
* Crane Yuzuriha in ''Manga/SaintSeiya: The Lost Canvas''.
* Seen for two strips in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', with Tomo, Kagura and Sakaki dressed as "Boy Thugs" with bandage bras. [[SchoolgirlLesbians Kaori]] was... [[LesYay excited]] to see Sakaki this way.
* Suzu from ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou''. Also, Machi wears one.
* In ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', Fuu is occasionally seen wearing one.
* Sun when she crashed Nagasumi and Lunar's ShotgunWedding in ''Manga/SetoNoHanayome''.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''[='=]s Awaki Musujime wears one sometimes.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''
** Harry Tribeca, being the leader of a gang of {{Delinquent}}s, wears this under a long coat as part of her Barrier Jacket.
** Micaiah Chevelle also has this as part of her Barrier Jacket. In her case, she's a {{Samurai}} {{Miko}}.
* Rem from ''Manga/DeathNote'' wears one.
* The {{Yakuza}} that [[spoiler: almost rape Sara Uchida]] in ''Manga/KaseiYakyoku'' wear this. It's also a pretty important detail, since [[spoiler: one of them had a [[HiddenWeapons a knife concealed in his]]; Sara snatches it and turns the tables on them.]]
* In ''Manga/WaratteSotomuraSan'', a girl asked Sotomura where to buy Sarashi under the assumption she was using one. Sotomura was so ashamed of the fact she had no need of Sarashi she played the SureLetsGoWithThat trope.
* ''Anime/OhEdoRocket'': While sarashi are a given in an Edo period setting, only designated action hero Ginjiro's is visible.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', from the eponymous film, wore the breast-flattening version to pass as an Imperial soldier. The bandages she wears at the hospital tent also count.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Viola in ''Film/ShesTheMan'' uses an Ace bandage to flatten herself to pull of her crossdress masquerade, removing it only to shower [[spoiler:and to [[FanService flash the stadium]] at the end of the movie.]]
* In some edits of BruceLee's ''Fist of Fury'', Lee's character is able to figure out someone is a Japanese spy when he spots them in a sarashi.
** Not so much by ''what'' he's wearing but in ''how'' he's wearing it. The man's nipples were exposed, as is standard for Japanese men (as in the page image); Chinese prefer to keep them hidden.
* Sometimes used symbolically even in [[JidaiGeki samurai]] films. Even though presumably everyone should be wearing one, only the designated tough guys will actually be visibly wearing one.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ichiko in ''Kamikaze Girls'' wears a sarashi as part of her bosuzoku outfit.
* Ryougi Shiki of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' wears sarashi more-or-less consistently instead of bras. Shiki is not a fan of Western clothing. Besides the leather jacket, that is, and that's just because [[OfficialCouple Kokuto]] picked it out.
-->"I have never worn anything but kimono."
** Of course, a montage shot in Paradox Spiral (movie version) shows A LOT of bras...[[{{Fanservice}} for some reason]]...
* Alanna the Lioness, from ''[[TortallUniverse The Song of the Lioness]]'', uses bandages to disguise herself as a boy while training as a knight, and eventually upgrades to a special corset. She is eventually found out by the court during a sword duel with the villain, who cuts through her shirt and the corset accidentally, exposing her to the entire court. He was quite surprised.
* The protagonist of ''Parrotfish'', Grady, wears one to make his chest appear flat because he is a [=FtM=] {{Transsexual}}.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Kari of the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' apparently recommends [[http://dsc.discovery.com/video/index.html?playerId=203711706&categoryId=210013704&lineupId=1283221956&titleId=1364233919 duct tape]] for this purpose in RealLife. (Relevant bit is at the end of the clip)
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[[folder:Music]]
* The page image is of the {{Music/Vocaloid}}s Rin and Len Kagamine each modeling their gender's version.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The githyanki of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are sometimes depicted as wearing this kind of garment under their other clothes, or as the full extent of their clothes, particularly in the "Invasion!" metaplot exhibited in both ''Dragon'' and ''Dungeon'' magazines. Most often seen on their wizards in place of magic cloaks and robes, with runes of power and protection drawn along the whole length, enchanting them to protect as good as or better than most suits of regular armor.
** Ember, the iconic monk, wears one as well.
* One Eldar Farseer model for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has one worn over his robe.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The (female) samurai in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' wear a sarashi, hakama, uwagi, and geta. Also [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories Yukimaru]], though being a ninja she most likely wears it for more practical reasons.
* The character customization parts of ''SoulCalibur III'' and ''IV'' allow you to equip a female character with a sarashi.
* Female Ronin (Bushido) characters in ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'' wear what looks almost like a standard {{miko}} outfit... with the top open to show a sarashi underneath. Male Ronin, meanwhile, are {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s.
* In the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Auchenai Crypts, the male monks are running around bare-chested; the female monks are wearing what appear to be sarashi of the chest-wrap variety. [[FetishFuel Yeah]].
** In the "Wrath of the Lich King" expansion, two sarashi shirts (that only [=NPCs=] had been able to use previously) were added for players -- one with clean bandages, and one partially soaked in blood/antiseptic.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Reimu wears sarashi under her [[DetachedSleeves sleeveless dress]].
* Female monks in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' wear sarashi as underwear.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' character Sheik has to qualify for this, and with [[SweetPollyOliver good reason]].
* Included, along with just about everything else, in the wardrobe options of ''SaintsRow 2''.
* Sarashi appear in the ''VideoGame/RyuGaGotoku'' games as equipable items that raise the wearer's defense. Also, in one scene in ''Yakuza 2'', Kazuma is seen shirtless with bandages wrapped around his midriff; however, the scene occurs after he's been stabbed in the gut and mauled by tigers, so in this case their presence is more of a consequence than an outfit choice. Of course, this being Kazuma Kiryuu, they look pretty BadAss anyway.
* Naoto from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. For various reasons, although one of them leads to [[spoiler:her Shadow [[GenderBender trying to make the sarashi unnecessary]]...]]
* In ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'', the Gedo High team deliberately evokes the old gangster stereotypes, so it should come as no surprise when Project Justice reveals that Daigo wears one in his [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Wild Daigo]] form.
* Asuka Kazama of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series wears sarashi as part of her 'Yakuza Diceroller' special costume designed by Creator/OhGreat in Tekken 5. In Tekken 6, one of the pieces of her alternate matsuri outfit is a pair of shorts made from cloth wraps.
* ''{{Pokemon}}''-Croagunk wears one.
* Anghel's human form has these big time in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''.
* According her her C-Support with a [[PlayerCharacter female Robin]], Say'ri from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' wears sarashi.
* Daidōji from ''SenranKagura'' wears one as a bra (not that it does anything to prevent {{Gainaxing}}.) Fitting, since she's the "manliest" of all the girls.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Yuuki from the webcomic ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' ''tried'' to use the [[http://www.sgvy.com/archives/Edda2/Issue1/Page2.html bandage bra]] version to flatten her (well, actually, ''[[GenderBender his]]'') heroic "assets" but had to give up because she couldn't breathe.
* [[http://kitsune.rydia.net/comic/page.php?id=63 Kit]] in ''FeyWinds''.
* [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0186.html Karen]] from ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation''.
* Natani, a wolf assassin from ''{{TwoKinds}}''.
* The androgynous {{Gunslinger}} Soli from ''Webcomic/TheMeek'' wears a bandage bra, apparently because a cloth wrap is cheaper than a real bra.
* One character in ''VenusEnvy'' is a female-to-male transsexual who wears bindings. Someone else catches a glimpse of the bandages and jumps to the conclusion that he's a street fighter; Larson's response is basically SureLetsGoWithThat.
* One character in ''TheLawOfPurple'' flirtatiously asks another if they'd like to see the character's sarashi. The response goes along the lines of, "I've already seen your sarashi enough" and another character asks what a sarashi is.
* Discussed in ''MegaTokyo'', when Erika and Largo play a ninja fighting game. Largo admires the...bouncing animation for the very busy female ninja Erika plays at, and Erika comments that in reality it would be inconvenient to fight hanging out like that, and that a female ninja would more likely bind herself.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Michiru of ''Literature/{{Sapphire}}'' wears a bandage bra which she cuts open with a {{Ninja}} knife at one point. [[LampshadeHanging Alec even jokes about how she is able to buy her lingerie from the first-aid department.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' wears wrappings similar to this as underclothes. Although there is no {{Word of God}} about it, but since the show is set in a heavily Asian-influenced universe, and probably some time in the past before bras were invented, it's just assumed that women (usually) wear them with casual clothes or clothes that don't give any support in the ''Avatar'' universe.
** The SequelSeries, ''TheLegendOfKorra,'' does this as well.
* SamuraiJack is shown to have one under his robe.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* It was the fashion in the late 80's-early 90's for Japanese "gangster girls" to wrap their chests.
* It has become common among female cosplayers to use a sarashi to conceal their chests for cosplaying male characters (or [[ViewerGenderConfusion Sheik]]).
** Same goes for quite a few [[{{Transsexual}} transmen]] who want to bind. Ace bandages are not recommended though, as they grow gradually tighter, and can break your ribcage.
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