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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.

Though 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 badassery -- this is also 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 deliberately invoked.

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A ''sarashi'' is a long strip of cloth, usually thick cotton, cotton or bandages, 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.

Though 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 badassery -- this is also 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}}.{{Gainaxing}}; in some cases, a sarashi can be worn as an improvised [[BareYourMidriff tube top]]. 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 deliberately invoked.


* Ichiko in ''Kamikaze Girls'' wears a sarashi as part of her bosuzoku outfit.

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* Ichiko in ''Kamikaze Girls'' wears a sarashi as part of her bosuzoku ''UsefulNotes/{{bosozoku}}'' outfit.


* In ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'', ComicBook/{{Katana}} is wearing a bosozoku version of her ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' outfit, modified to depict her with an open jacket and a sarashi to cover her breasts.

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* In ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'', ComicBook/{{Katana}} is wearing a bosozoku ''UsefulNotes/{{bosozoku}}'' version of her ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' outfit, modified to depict her with an open jacket and a sarashi to cover her breasts.


* Ryougi Shiki of ''LightNovel/TheGardenOfSinners'' 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]]...



* 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]]...


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* The page image is of the Music/{{Vocaloid}}s Rin and Len Kagamine each modeling their gender's version.
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* Akira Okuzaki from ''Anime/MaiHime'' wore these [[{{Crossdresser}} to hide a secret.]] Also, {{ninja}}.

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* Akira Okuzaki from ''Anime/MaiHime'' ''Anime/MyHime'' wore these [[{{Crossdresser}} to hide a secret.]] Also, {{ninja}}.



* 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.

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* An open shirt and sarashi appears to be the "uniform" of Haine's yanki gang in ''Manga/ShinshiDoumeiCross''.''Manga/TheGentlemensAlliance''. Also kicks the FanService up a notch; yanki Haine is hot, and the rest of her gang doesn't do too bad either.



* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Reimu wears sarashi under her sleeveless dress.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': ''Franchise/TouhouProject'': Reimu wears sarashi under her sleeveless dress.

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* In ''Manga/The100GirlfriendsWhoReallyReallyReallyReallyReallyLoveYou'', the leader of the [[OpposingSportsTeam Gorira Alliance]] wears one under her jacket - and nothing else.

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* In ''VisualNovel/SablesGrimoire'', Drakan wears an open shirt with a sarashi to cover her breasts.


* 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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* Disney/{{Mulan}}, WesternAnimation/{{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.



* In some edits of Creator/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.

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* In some edits of Creator/BruceLee's ''Fist of Fury'', ''Film/FistOfFury'', 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.


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* [[https://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/File:DR1_Concept_Art_-_Group_Illustration_(5).png Official artwork]] of ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'' shows Kiyotaka Ishimaru wearing this, fitting for his disciplined personality as the Ultimate Moral Compass.

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* [[https://danganronpa.[[https://vignette.wikia.com/wiki/File:DR1_Concept_Art_-_Group_Illustration_(5).png nocookie.net/danganronpa/images/c/c5/DR1_Concept_Art_-_Group_Illustration_%285%29.png/revision/latest?cb=20190808201942 Official artwork]] of ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'' shows Kiyotaka Ishimaru wearing this, fitting for his disciplined personality as the Ultimate Moral Compass.



* Cinder, the villain of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' uses this under a loose vest in Volume 3, though the waist wrap stops below the navel.

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* Cinder, the initial main villain of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', uses this under a loose vest in Volume 3, though the waist wrap stops below the navel.



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* The Spirit from ''Videogame/DeadByDaylight'' wears only this in her default outfit. Both because she was a daughter of a line of samurai, and to also invoke FanDisservice considering her body is pale and partially dismembered after being attacked by her father.


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* Cinder, the villain of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' uses this under a loose vest in Volume 3, though the waist wrap stops below the navel.
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* Natani, a female-to-male {[transgender}}[[note]]sort of--it's complicated[[/note]] wolf assassin from ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'', uses a sarashi to cover up his breasts and better present as male. Ironically, he's actually one of the bustiest characters in the series, and actually has to use special wraps enchanted with a variant of the BagOfHolding enchantment to make it work.

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* Natani, a female-to-male {[transgender}}[[note]]sort {{transgender}}[[note]]sort of--it's complicated[[/note]] wolf assassin from ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'', uses a sarashi to cover up his breasts and better present as male. Ironically, he's actually one of the bustiest characters in the series, and actually has to use special wraps enchanted with a variant of the BagOfHolding enchantment to make it work.



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* Cinder, the villain of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' uses this under a loose vest in Volume 3, though the waist wrap stops below the navel.
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** Also Raine, from the same comic, as of Chapter 15 onwards. (Shown later to have been made from her torn up jumper/sweater, which was used for bandages.

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** Also Raine, from the same comic, as of Chapter 15 onwards. (Shown later to have been made from her torn up jumper/sweater, which was used for bandages.bandages).


** Also Raine, from the same comic, as of Chapter 15 onwards. Justified for her because she's a dragon temporarily adopting a human form; she has the ability to control the size of her bosom and, being from a normally breastless species with little experience in using human form, she prefers to keep herself flat-chested for comfort and better balance.

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** Also Raine, from the same comic, as of Chapter 15 onwards. (Shown later to have been made from her torn up jumper/sweater, which was used for bandages.
** And in Chapter 20, we see Reni in one as well.
Justified for her because she's a dragon temporarily adopting a human form; she has the ability to control the size of her bosom and, being from a normally breastless species with little experience in using human form, she prefers to keep herself flat-chested for comfort and better balance.

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