Japan is a country that is obsessive about packaging. From wrapping goods in simple furoshiki cloth to the thirteenth layer of plastic on your box of evening gumboots, anyone who has had anything to do with Japan knows how they love to package things here. So it makes sense that they should have a solution for wrapping certain body parts. Enter the fundoshi (above).
Simplicity in design is paramount and the “wrap around effect” is really something to be experienced. On a sweaty summers day in Japan boxers and briefs cannot protect you from a nasty rash or “overcooking the goods”. A fundoshi on the other hand is lauded for its ability to “pocket” the frank and beans, keeping those future All Blacks intact and air-conditioned. Perfect for a Japanese summer and the 98% humidity.
Fundoshi are not just about health and hygiene during the summer months. They have also been the cause of much admiration from j-girls. I attribute this to the “thong” effect (see photo). There is something irresistable about the fundoshi for chicks, which I have yet to fully understand. More research is needed.
The downside of fundoshi would have to be what I call the crapability factor. Yes, when you have a beer bog alert, there is no time to muck around with untying loincloth string. It has to be one smooth split-second movement, with the alternative not being an option when you are at the office. My advice: Use fundoshi with best effect when you are with the woman, and only if you are All-bran regular and haven’t had a bender the night before.