Panchira, Pantsu and Shimapan - History of Shoes in Japan

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Have you ever heard the word Pantsu somewhere? Have you ever heard the term Panchira? Do you know what shimapan, misepan and panmoro are? In this article, we are going to do an in-depth study of these words and the history of panties in Japan.

Panchira is a Japanese word used to refer to the glimpse of a panty, which in Japanese is called pantsu (which also means underwear). Shimpan, misepan and panmoro are some terms that identify the types of panties.

This article apparently seems to be something perverted, but it really is an educational, informative and serious article, where we are going to really address the history of panties in Japan and the meaning of words shimpan, panchira and pantsu In japanese. There are curiosities about panties in Japan that many have no idea!

As the article talks about 3 different subjects, let's leave a summary below:

The true meaning of Pantsu

The first thing we noticed is that this problem is not from the Japanese language, as the word pantsu [パンツ] comes from the English panties or pants. In English the word pants usually refers to pants (jeans and others), but in Japanese it is mainly used to refer to any type of underwear, whether panties or underwear.

In English panties is written as panties, a very similar word. Underpants are written as underpants, briefs or knickers. In the Japanese language the word pantsu [パンツ] can be used to refer to pants or other pieces of clothing like the word pants, but it must be accompanied by another word that defines the piece.

For example, if you google pa-dopantsu [パードパンツ] you will come across a type of pants. Depending on the sentence or the context, pantsu can refer to shorts, culottes, trunks, and different types of women's pants or any garment that is on the bottom.

Panchira and pantsu - the history of panties in Japan

Striped panties are called shimapan [縞パン] and there are many other words that can specify the type of underwear. It may seem strange, but we should look at pantsu as literally a bass piece, we shouldn't try to put genders in these Japanese words.

The history of panties in Japan

First we will talk about the history of panties in Japan, then you will realize that the words pantsu and panchira are important in this history and also have interesting curiosities in the Japanese language and in the history of Japan.

Traditionally Japanese women didn't wear panties, they just wore their kimono and sometimes a zuro-su [ズロース] a type of bloomer. It is believed that only after the Second World War with the influence of the West, panties became popular in Japan.

Panchira and pantsu - the history of panties in Japan

There is an urban legend that tells of a fire that occurred in 1932 in Shirokiya stores where employees ended up dying in the fire because they didn't want to jump and show their private parts because they weren't wearing panties. Some use this story as the origin and popularization of panties in Japan.

Subsequently, some Japanese TV programs and commercials did not bother to expose the fashion of panties and the lifting of Japanese skirts to expose the underwear. This ended up having an effect on the popularization of the term panchira that we are going to see now.

What does panchira mean?

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the word panchira [パンチラ] refers to the glimpse of a woman's panties. Women also use this term to alert when a friend's panties are showing. It is similar to the English word Upskirt, but used only to refer to visions of panties.

Panchira and pantsu - the history of panties in Japan

This expression is important in the history of panties in Japan because this phenomenon appeared at practically the same time as the popularization of panties. It is believed that it all started after the scene in the movie The Seven Year Itch where Marilyn Monroe's panties appeared.

After this scene, Japan did not become the same, since 1955 the practice and opportunity to see a woman's panties while the skirt lifts has become the dream of most Japanese and even Westerners. Another word that became popular at the time was chirarizumu [チラリズ] which is literally seeing a woman's private parts.

The Japanese value panchira so much, mainly because there are Japanese adult content censors. Anime, manga, movies and other media end up popularizing this fetish even more, not to mention that school uniforms don't help.

Panchira and pantsu - the history of panties in Japan

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Shimapan, Misepan and Panmoro

The term shimapan [縞パン] is a very searched term on google. This word literally means striped panties, it makes a lot of appearances in anime which has made this term quite popular and standard.

The character [縞] means stripes or stripes, while pan [パン] is an abbreviation of pantsu [パンツ] that also appears in other popular terms related to panties in the Japanese language.

One of these terms is misepan [見せパン] which is somewhat related to panchira. The word misepan literally means to see panties, but it does not refer to the action of seeing panties but the panties that are revealed. This term refers to people who wear clothes that reveal their underwear.

Panmoro [パンモロ] also linked to panchira, the word I live means openly, which may indicate the glimpse of a panty on purpose.

Why are we talking about panties?

I started writing this article only about pantsu, but I decided to include the word panchira that went viral along with the word pantsu among otakus. Especially because the word pantsu and the constant appearance of panties in anime is part of the panchira phenomenon that became popular even closer to the 2000s.

The panty fetish in Japan has become so big that in the year 2002 cell phones and cameras on item sounds when taking pictures to prevent perverts from taking surreptitious photos of miniskirts and panties in public places. And really, my iPad makes noise on the camera even though it's on silent.

I wrote this article because over 100,000 people search for these terms every month. Probably the majority who search are some pervert or otaku who watched chobits or paid attention to the word pantsu when it appears in some anime. This is logical, since it is a very sacred word in the lives of young people.

Maybe you'll go through this experience, during my trip to Japan, a schoolgirl who sat in front of me on the train smiled at me and fully opened her legs giving a good view of her panties. Just be careful as it may be some kind of trap...

Who there watched the anime chobits and realized the Chi walking around town screaming pantsu? It was one of the scenes where I heard the word pantsu the most in an anime. It was in this anime that I and many fans realized that the word pantsu can refer to both panties and underwear. Plus a little panchira glimpse.

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