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What is Panty Town? | Ichimon Japan 10

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Today’s Question

On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What is Panty Town?

Topics Discussed

  • The town of Shimogigaoka (下木ヶ丘) and its plan to use panty vending machines for publicity
  • The history of the town of Shimogigaoka
  • What fundoshi are
  • How rural towns across Japan are trying to both boost tourism and attract new residents through various headline-grabbing PR stunts
  • Whether “Panty Town” is real
  • And more!

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Japanese Vocabulary List

Most episodes feature at least one or two interesting Japanese words or phrases. Here’s some of the ones that came up on this episode. All information is from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC.

  • Fundoshi
    • ふんどし (n) (1) fundoshi; loincloth; traditional Japanese men’s undergarment made from a length of cotton; (2) kimono underskirt; (3) (sumo) wrestler’s ornamental apron
  • Shitagi
    • 下着 【したぎ】 (n) underwear

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