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The Japanese Tattoo (Horimono)

June 28th, 2010

As the power of the common people of Japan grew in the latter half of the Edo period (18th and 19th century CE) horimono, or traditional Japanese tattoos, began to flourish as an art form. Based on images from watercolour paintings, woodcuts and popular picture books of the time, the ultimate reward for the long endurance of pain would be a tattoo of immense beauty. To fully understand Japanese horimono it is important to understand their history and background, and it is equally important to continue to preserve the tradition behind them. © National Geographic

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25 Responses to “The Japanese Tattoo (Horimono)”

  1. comment number 1 by: MrJunward

    come to philippines if u want some trouble! :))))

  2. comment number 2 by: KatiushaVN4

    You’re a White boy who wanna be Japanese??

  3. comment number 3 by: TROLLERSDELIGHT

    Each of them has it

  4. comment number 4 by: MarcothePhoenix

    @stevechen1991 dont forget the russian mafia too their history goes back to the 1500s but amen to every other fucking statement you made bro

  5. comment number 5 by: mexicanprincess13x

    @deadrabbits19772 yo wat u say bout mexicans?

  6. comment number 6 by: mexicanprincess13x

    @Haku92292 hell naw not even! u dont know anything bout gangs well not in america

  7. comment number 7 by: Auberginemule

    Even though Yakuza are serious criminals… I still find there is something distinguished and honorable about them.

  8. comment number 8 by: Armando93Mendez

    Probably,it all depends on where you’re from.To some,they probably think that gangs like the African American or Hispanic street gangs are powerful.For others,organized crime like the Yakuza or the Chinese triads are much more dangerous than such street gangs.

  9. comment number 9 by: makaihime

    Most of them are similar to the modern day Robin Hood, and their actions prove it. Such as after the earthquake in Kobe, the Yakuza personally provided aid to all those in need and sent private helicopters to help rescue people. Also, those who have come to know the Yakuzas personally through friends have usually said that they were one of the friendliest people they’ve met. That is only if you don’t disrespect them or break a promise. >.>

  10. comment number 10 by: GreenRebellion


    what du you mean??
    that yakuzas only kill/rob enemies??
    OK GOOD!,
    but.. why they kidnap teenaged girls for porn movies?

  11. comment number 11 by: logan666ffffffffffff

    in japnese yakuza means garbage

  12. comment number 12 by: stevechen1991

    Japanese yakuza n Chinese triads are the most powerful gangs in the world.they have longg history from like 1700s and they use their brains unlike niggaz who jus shoots up random pplz

  13. comment number 13 by: JakyBoyHimself

    no no you got me ALL wrong bro, i think the Yakusa are the most honorable “Gangsters” out there…. MS13 are a bunch of low-life crooks who do the most disgusting and shameful things imaginable! (im french btw lol)

  14. comment number 14 by: JakyBoyHimself

    @BrettNASTYY Yea that’s what i have been saying……thank god someone sees the point im trying to make! 😀

  15. comment number 15 by: BrettNASTYY

    the Yakuza are an organized mafia, the biggest and most powerful in the world today. They are not only powerful, but economically powerful. Many famous groups and organizations are run by the Yakuza, such as Pride FC. And unlike other gangs that run streets, the Yakuza basically rule Japan. Respect and honor are a big part of the Yakuza, they don’t go slaughtering defenseless kids for no reason. Thats shameful and weak. You dont need to be the evilest to be the strongest.

  16. comment number 16 by: deadrabbits19772

    @JakyBoyHimself ms 13, they end up in the chair , yakusa have the judge in there pocket, you must be a mexican

  17. comment number 17 by: Keldaj

    I just started my Horimono, I have my upper left arm and chest done, after it’s done Ill start my upper right arm and chest. then ill move to upper back before I go down to my ribs and chest. greatest Tattoo artist in the world in northern america did mine, his name is Jon Sutton.

  18. comment number 18 by: Hurricane11Penguin

    Musashi Miyamoto

  19. comment number 19 by: JakyBoyHimself

    @sittingannihilation But if you had to compare the Yakusa to lets say a gang in America like.. i don’t know… MS-13 gang, hm witch by the way hack and slaughter a bus full of 3rd graders with machetes… that’s what i mean, all mobs, and gangs are criminals.. but lately, the ones in Japan don’t compare to the evil and disgust of the “gangsters” you find elsewhere.

  20. comment number 20 by: jpsplat

    Yakuza? Like in GTA 2 lol

  21. comment number 21 by: sittingannihilation

    @JakyBoyHimself Selling drugs, killing, extorting, beating and raping is perfectly respectable to you if it is done in a style you view as sophisticated? That is scary. I just like the style of tattoo which was not always just for criminals.

  22. comment number 22 by: shit311

    yaaaaacuuuuuuuuzaaaaaaaaa lol

  23. comment number 23 by: 3517rear

    i whana now if there any body in houston tx that does japanses tattoos.

  24. comment number 24 by: riotofdablood

    fuckedup shit yo

  25. comment number 25 by: lilslant

    @jcudal32 no but a cat does.

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