I was a bit surprised when I learned this has been hot among fangirls. But after a while, I got convinced because there are a lot of fangirls who follow Japanese traditional stuff such as 歴女[rekijo]. I just thought this is something elder people traditionally and conservatively like, however, I was wrong, there has to be it in BL which follows such a samurai drama…that is ふんどし[fundoshi]. In kanji, it is 褌.
Fundoshi is the Japanese traditional underwear for males, and you can learn from here. If you want to see a man wearing this in real life, you had better go to a fastival called matsuri[祭り]. Otherwise you will be able to see a lot of fundoshi guys although I must say most of them are elder people, and there might be some fundoshi ショタkids.
There are several types of fundoshi, but particulary rokushaku fundoshi[六尺褌] seems to be the most popular among fangirls since it shows “bare parts” the most, it’s like a bikini! Please look at the back side of the model in the right image. We used to call something like this Tバック[T-back] because the underwear looks like a T-shape. Maybe even now some people are saying, though. There was a porn actress named Ai Iijima[飯島愛] who was well-known as a T-back queen. And back to the photo, the front side sure looks like a bikini. Most fundoshis have a square cloth like an apron in order to cover the front, but rokushaku fundoshis do not have so it clearly shows…あの…形がくっきり見えちゃうって言うか…the shape of “that thing.”
Speaking of a fundoshi, we would think of a white one[白フン, shirofun]. But among BL fangirls, a color depends on a character so that it is not always white. Could be red or black. In that case, you could say 赤フン[akafun] or 黒フン[kurofun] respectively. I asked my fujoshi friend how she feels about a fundoshi to learn what makes fujoshis feel hot.
a[me]. Do you like fundoshis?
b[friend]. Yeah, I do love it. Lately it is getting so hot inside me.
a. So you go to a festival to see fundoshi guys?
b. No, because they are mostly elder guys[おじさん].
a. Some are young.
a. Ah…I see. So where a fundoshi comes around is…
b. Sengoku BASARA, Hakuouki, Gintama, O-oku…any kind of samurai manga. In the BL doujinshis, there are abosultely fundoshis! White skin, and white fundoshi…KYAAAAAA, so hot! You know, if my favorite characters wear a fundoshi, I will definitely accept it. And we shouldn’t forget about ノーフン[No fun].
a. What is it?
b. You know ノーパン[No panty], right? ノーフン is an equivalence of it. No fundoshi.
a. What is so special about this?
b. Well, you know when a girl doesn’t wear a panty?
a. Ah…えっと…when she is waiting for her boyfriend coming…sexually.
b. Yes. So same goes to fundoshi. An uke[bottom] is waiting for a seme[top] coming with no fundoshi. And when a seme finds him not wearing a fundoshi, he is gonna say, “I was waiting for this” or something like that. キャーーー萌え！MOEEEEE!! (>∀<), don’t kill me! Kill me tomorrow!
a. Chill out, mate. Are you alright?
By the way, fundoshis are actually hot among gay people, and the hottest one is 六尺褌[rokushaku fundoshi] because, once again, it hilights his crouch the most. In above BL anime Ikoku Irokoi Romantan, when Al sees Ranmaru wearing a fundoshi, he strongly feels a feticism. Al is Italian, huh? Are fundoshis popular among non-Japanese gay people?
Besides, there is even a fundoshi bar where gay people meet fundoshi guys. You can bring your own fundoshi, change, and interact with other fundoshi guys. Even if you don’t have a fundoshi, you can come in.
Er? Now that I mention fundoshi, should I wear it? いやぁ～ん、オジサン恥ずかし～い(´ΨΨ`)って、何それ～きんもーっ☆