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Artistic Japanese tattoos
What people think about having tattoos in Japan
In Japan, we have had a tattoo culture for a long time. There were several reasons for having tattoos. One of them was as a punishment for example.
However, what people think about of tattoo at first is definitely the strong connection with yakuza. Actually, yakuza often have tattoos, which comes from a sense of belonging. That’s why having tattoos is quite often considered something antisocial. For example, the employees of the city of Osaka are forbidden to show their tattoos in front of people, if they have them.
As of June 6, 2012 all new tattoos are forbidden for employees of the city of Osaka. Existing tattoos are required to be covered with proper clothing. The regulations were added to Osaka’s ethical codes, and employees with tattoos were encouraged to have them removed. This was done because the strong connection of tattoos with the yakuza, or Japanese organized crime, after an Osaka official in February 2012 threatened a schoolchild by showing his tattoo.
The most typical thing that we cannot do in Japan if we have tattoo is to enter sentō (Japanese bath). This is to avoid letting yakuza enter, but even you have small fashionable tattoo on your body, you are not accepted. Anyway, having tattoos does not let you have an easy life in Japanese society. Especially when you are looking for a job. It’s better to hide your tattoo on the day of interview.