6/19/2006

Loincloth (fundoshi)

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Loincloth (fundoshi)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Non-seasonal Topic
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation

loincloth, fundoshi 褌 ふんどし
"the door curtain of a man" otoko no noren 男の暖簾

Nowadays you can see it worn by Sumo wrestlers and men during a festival or during ascetic practices under a waterfall, mostly in winter.


http://homepage1.nifty.com/koshifumi/english8.hstory.html


A similar item for ladies is the "hip wrapper", koshimaki 腰巻.

. koshimaki kitoo 腰巻祈祷 prayer for a kimono undergarment .

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The best material for this is a white linen or white cotton. Silk crepe may be used according to one's taste, but plain silk is not suitable. In winter it may be lined with similar material, but in other seaons it is always single. Both ends (or front and back) are hemmed to put cords through. One of the cords forms a loop to suspend the front end from the neck, and the other secures the back end by being tied in the front. The length of the fundoshi is about 5 feet (5 shaku).
http://www.rhinohide.cx/tousando/yoriaku/fundoshi.html

How to tie a fundoshi
fundoshiphile.blogspot.jp/

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The fundoshi is a traditional Japanese male loincloth.
It is made from a strip of cotton cloth 14 inches wide and about 92 to 96 inches long. The cloth is twisted to create a thong effect at the back. Fundoshi are often worn with hanten (a short cotton jacket with straight sleeves) during summer festivals by men who carry mikoshi (portable shrines) in parades.
Fundoshi are often used as swimsuits. In some high schools, boys do the long-distance sea swim with the fundoshi. The present Crown Prince of Japan also swam with fundoshi in his childhood. In the pools and beaches of Japan, fundoshi swimmers can still be seen.
Quote from the WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundoshi




Daruma. Various Loincloth Photos and Explanation
Gabi Greve


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Santoka and the Fundoshi

He washed it in the river, dried it and folded it neatly. Next time he took it out and used it as a handtowel. Thus was his Ninja use of the loincloth.

山頭火は近くの川であらかじめ褌をよく洗う。
これを乾かして、丁寧に畳む。
で、これを手拭いに見立てるわけですね。
瞬間、褌が手拭いに化ける。
まあ、これは山頭火ならではの忍術でありましょう。
http://www.9393.co.jp/izuishi/kako_izuishi/2004/04_0730_izuishi.html

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ふんどしと小赤い花と夜露哉
fundoshi to ko akai hana to yo tsuyu kana
by Issa, 1812 Age 50.



on loincloth
and little red flowers...
evening dew

(Tr. David Lanoue)

... ... ... Haiga and Renku by Sakuo Nakamura     

祭の夜の恋物語
matsuri no yoru no koi monogatari

love romance
at the night of festival


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The following haiku were compiled by Larry Bole
Translating Haiku Forum


fundoshi senu shiri fukare yuku ya haru no kaze

Without underwear
a bottom blown bare of robes --
the spring windiness.

Tr. Sawa / Shiffert

. Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 in Edo .



... ... ... Some haiku by Kobayashi Issa

haru kaze ni shiri o fukaruru yaneya kana


The spring wind!
The skirts of the thatcher
Are blown about.

Tr. Blyth


his butt cooled
by the spring breeze
roof thatcher

Tr. Lanoue


hirugao ni fundoshi sarasu kozô kana

in day flowers
airing out his loincloth...
little priest

Tr. and comment by Lanoue

Literally, a "little priest" (kozô, kozoo) is involved. However, in Japanese this expression can mean any little boy.



fundoshi ni wakizashi sashite fuyu no tsuki

a short sword
stuck in his loincloth...
winter moon

Tr. Lanoue

This haiku has the prescript, "A passerby."


. Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Edo .

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ごろりと草に、ふんどしかわいた
gorori to kusa ni fundoshi kawaita

Like a log in the grass -
As my fundoshi dried.

Santoka

tr. Hisashi Miura and James Green (found at Terebess Asia Online)


a carful of teens
mooning other cars--
above them the moon


- compiled by Larry Bole

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寒垢離や赤褌の男振り
kangori ya akafundoshi no otokoburi

ascetics in the cold !
the figure of a strong man
in his red loincloth

(Tr. Gabi Greve)

伊藤雄 Ito Takeshi
http://www.nhk.or.jp/haiku/html/haiku18-2-18.htm

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mutsuki むつき【襁褓】diaper, napkin, nappy
it also has the meaning of "loincloth".
Windel. Babykleidung


穏坊のむつきほしたり蓮の花
onboo no mutsuki hoshitari hasu no hana

a cemetery guard
dries the diapers ...
lotus flowers

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a cemetery guard
dries his loincloth ...
lotus flowers


. Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Edo .


(In the Edo period, diapers were made of small stripes of cotton cloth, like tenugui towels, and had to be washed and dried all the time.)


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3 comments:

. Gabi Greve said...

on loincloth
and little red flowers...
evening dew


fundoshi to ko akai hana to yo tsuyu kana

ふんどしと小赤い花と夜露哉

by Issa, 1812

Tr. David Lanoue
http://cat.xula.edu/issa/

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sakuo said...

yoku kaketeimasu.
kansin.

sakuo.

Gillena Cox said...

sumo wrestlers
in their barest
tossing opponents