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The Japanese term 'sarashi' refers to a type of bleached cloth.[1][2] Such cloth may be used to wrap around the body under a kimono. It may be used to wrap around the chest area,[3][4] sometimes it is wrapped round below the belly during pregnancy, or around the waist after the birth of a child. It may also be used by men.[5] The whiteness and purity of the cloth has ritual significance, therefore it may also be used in rituals.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. James Curtis Hepburn. A Japanese and English Dictionary: With and English and Japanese Index. p. 375.
  2. "晒し". Jisho.
  3. "How to bind your chest".
  4. Stanley B. Burns, Elizabeth A. Burns (2006). Geisha: a photographic history, 1872-1912. PowerHouse Books. p. 114.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  5. Amdur, Ellis. Hidden in Plain Sight: Esoteric Power Training within Japanese Martial Traditions. ISBN 9781937439378.
  6. Tatsuichi Horikiri. The Stories Clothes Tell: Voices of Working-Class Japan. p. 166.
  7. E. Leslie Williams (2007). Spirit Tree: Origins of Cosmology in Shintô Ritual at Hakozaki. University Press Of America. p. 124. ISBN 978-0761834168.

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