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  1. The Jetset Boyz
    September 20, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

    If you’re visiting Japan and have tattoos you need to be aware that many people in Japan don’t look on tattoos favourably.

    You will likely find that having tattoos makes things more complicated – namely if you want to use a pool, spa, gym or enter traditional environments like a ryokan. In Japan, showing your ink will see you banned from certain places like pools, onsens (bath houses), gyms and many ryokans (Japanese inns).

    Unlike many countries today, it is rare indeed to see exposed tattoos in Japan. Many Japanese people who enjoy tattoos keep them entirely covered for social reasons, and because of the need for employment.

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    • Niko Margraf
      September 24, 2017 @ 9:02 pm

      Thanks a lot for adding that point. I actually have tattoos myself and you’re totally right with the things you say. I think in Japanese culture, the image of tattoos is still closely linked to criminals from the Yakuza.

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