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Fundoshi
A fundoshi in practical application.
The fundoshi (Japanese: 褌 / ふんどし) is the traditional Japanese style of men's Loincloth. It is a single long piece of cloth wrapped into place and fastened by twisting and tucking alone. This versatile tying technique makes any suitable piece of cloth a potential fundoshi. A similar technique can also be used to wear cloth as a headband.

Traditionally, the fundoshi was worn as a form of underwear. Its role as underwear has decreased in modern Japanese society, as more people wear Western-style boxers, briefs, panties, etc. The fundoshi still may be worn during traditional festivals, or as swimwear.

A Sub-Trope of Loincloth.

Compare Barely-There Swimwear, Sweater Girl, Sexy Soaked Shirt.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple, Shigure and Hayato prefer fundoshi to Western-style bathing suits. Shigure also wears a chest wrap for her upper body and finds a standard two-piece bathing suit to be indecent.
    • Shigure always wears a fundoshi.
  • In the Gokusen manga, Ooshima more or less forces Shin to participate in a festival where the men traditionally wear fundoshi, because it's major Fetish Fuel for Kumiko.
  • When Yotsuba!! sees someone in a fundoshi at the town festival, she reacts as a five-year-old probably would: "BUTT!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! BUTT!!!"
  • In the Ouran High School Host Club manga, Tamaki must wear one of these if his team loses the sports festival. They do. He does
  • Featured often in Gintama for comedic effect.
  • Pesche from Bleach
    • Ikkaku wears one in the "Bleach on the Beach" chapter.
  • Another female example: Matabei Gotou from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls wears this. In her case, it's definitely Fanservice... (She's not even wearing a skirt or anything over it!).
  • Junko's from Ichiban Ushiro No Daimaou is the first thing we see of her; she also wears a Sarashi.
  • Clain from Fractale, after being forced to change his dirty pants, reveals that it's his choice of underwear.
  • Played for squicky laughs in a One Piece filler set in Medieval Japan, where Nami is hit by a strange piece of cloth... revealed to be Franky's Fundoshi. Her reaction is priceless.
  • In Sakigake!! Otokojuku, fundoshi are the only underwear permitted by school rules. Consequently, all the students wear them.
  • Baki the Grappler's Hanayama Kaoru is a Yakuza, and so a very traditional man. When he gets serious on a fight, he rips his clothes, shows his family's back tattoo and keeps on fighting. Wearing only a fundoshi.
  • Goemon from Lupin III. Particularly of note on missions involving swimming or diving; the rest of the Lupin gang will opt for wetsuits, but not the highly traditional Goemon.
  • Salamander from Yondemasu Yo Azazel San wears nothing but a fundoshi. It's a Shout-Out to Yukio Mishima (of whom Salamander is a parody of) posing in fundoshi with a sword for a photoshoot.
  • In Fairy Tail, Elfman wears one adorned with a character meaning "honorable man".
  • Kikuri of Hell Girl sports a pair of these. Though considering she looks to be about five years old at best (hard to tell with demons and all) it's definitely not for fanservice.
  • Asu no Yoichi!: Yoichi in his show's requisite Beach Episode.
  • In Cutey Honey, Danbei wears one for Fan Disservice.
  • Kyou Kara Ore wa!! features it in a rather strange way: a character who tried to bully Mitsuhashi pre-series ended up bandaged in such a way it looked he was wearing a fundoshi over his head and nicknamed Fundoshi Mask as the start of Mitsuhashi completely ruining his life and forgetting about him.

    Comic Books 
  • The Green Hornet: Year One. When conducting research for Kato's origin, writer Matt Wagner was surprised to discover that Japanese underwear of the period essentially consisted of - as he put it - 'banana hammocks'. A scene involving Japanese soldiers in fundoshi ended up in the comic.
  • In the Gargoyles spin-off Bad Guys, Yama is shown to wear a fundoshi while in stone sleep. It's also hinted from the clothing and equipment neatly laid out on the bed that he often wears an athletic cup.

    Film 
  • Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke has a fundoshi as underwear.
  • Many of Akira Kurosawa's movies, being set in medieval Japan, feature men wearing this (and often not much else).
  • In Gung Ho, the Japanese plant managers are shown swimming in a river wearing fundoshi. In a version bowdlerized for cable TV, these were digitally retouched to look more like conventional swimsuits when seen from behind.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Some Japanese professional wrestlers with sexual-charged gimmicks wear a thong or a fundoshi to emphasize it. Otoko Sakari, Manabu Murakami and Razor Ramon RG are examples.

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    Western Animation 
  • Samurai Jack wears a fundoshi under his usual outfit. Since Jack suffers Clothing Damage in half the episodes, he has many, many fundoshi scenes. This has contributed to making Jack a very potent Mr. Fanservice.

    Real Life 
  • This is considered traditional in Japan so expect to see it at almost any culture festival that involves men with special outfits. Special manliness points go to Hokkaidō men who wear only this in the snow and the Kurama hi-matsuri (fire festival), where men do this while holding 20 foot long torches on their shoulders.
  • Also a pride point for many Yakuza, who loudly proclaim their traditionalist ways. Anytime they pose for their elaborate back tattoos (irezumi), there is about a 99% chance that they will do it in fundoshi.

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