I have developed a kind of addiction to crane games. I don't usually drop much money in there, and I almost always go home with something. I pick and choose carefully! I've assembled a nice collection of goodies, and this Monday resulted in the addition of a few new toys to the pile. This is a keychain of some kind. I don't know the purpose and I'm not sure why I went after it. But here it is. Yeah.
Much cooler are these three fundoshi. If you zoom in on the picture, you'll see the white one says Japan Fundoshi Association. So, what is a fundoshi? It's the traditional Japanese underwear, which was worn by everybody in Japan until after World War II. Well, every man. It's basically a thong and (sometimes) a loin cloth. I've never worn one, as less intrusive boxers and briefs are usually worn today.
The fundoshi is still worn for ceremonial purposes, like festivals. This isn't the same as mawashi, which sumo wrestlers wear, though it is very similar. I won all three of these key straps with one grab. You don't have to put it on your keychain, though:
I haven't seen them in claw machines, but there are iPhone panties too. I saw those in Akihabara. Where else would there be panties for iPhones?
I might bring you more of my crane game goodies in the future. But tomorrow, I am going to get back to my Nagoya travel posts... Until then!