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Japan – How to #24 – Tattoos

November 23rd, 2010

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25 Responses to “Japan – How to #24 – Tattoos”

  1. comment number 1 by: Leecher4711

    @lordpoee I guess whatever slightly reminds them of any of that would be discredited, even if its as harmless as a tottoo … well, harmless for us! No, I perfectly understand that. I never could get around to get a tattoo myself, because I just know that I might not like the very picture in a year or two any more. Now Im quite glad I ain´t got one! Well, at least it makes things easier in Japan I guess … (^_^)

  2. comment number 2 by: lordpoee

    @Leecher4711 You should see the bodies Yakuza leave behind, they found 12 bodies all shot and stabbed MULTIPLE times WAY WAY more than you need to kill someone, limbs hacked off and one guys upper body had been smashed in an elevator…no wonder Japanese are not fond of Yakuza..

  3. comment number 3 by: TheJapoan

    Thanks for this video. For me, I’m actually looking forward to getting a traditional Polynesian style tattoo before I go to Japan because it would be a new chapter of my life and because I love my culture, and just to keep me grounded. With this in mind, it’s a bit disheartening to think of the job and other opportunities becoming limited, but it still won’t stop me from going to Nihon 🙂
    I’ll just have to deal 🙂

  4. comment number 4 by: 94Torchwood94

    Do you see Japanese Yakuza on the street? Have you ever seen one? Do they have special tattoos? x

  5. comment number 5 by: Nermal83

    @panzer415 Yes and no… some people resent them (depending on the location of the base) some don’t care. Just remember, it’s not so much about where you are, you will still be a foreigner in this country. Don’t worry, no one is completely hostile towards foreigners, just make sure not to do anything wrong in japanese society standards and you won’t have any problems.

  6. comment number 6 by: Leecher4711

    @kaioystein The ol´ dude didn´t reply to your comment, so I will: just think about the Yakuza! The Japanese mafia. It´s members are covered with tattoos, so I guess it should come as no surprise that in Japanese society the first thing they associate tattoos with would be gangsters and criminals. The other thing would be missing fingers, which is also a typical thing for Yakuzas, because if they´ve done something bad they´ll be punished by cutting off fingers. Hard time for foreign craftsmen …

  7. comment number 7 by: 1991JMP

    What about piercings?

  8. comment number 8 by: Bleakfacts

    A Japanese person with a tattoo would probably mean his a gangster?

  9. comment number 9 by: carslan82

    Wow o.o. I am really surprised with this. Thankfully I have a small tattoo on my ankle, and had the foresight to position it so that I could reveal it and cover it up just as easily. But it’s so disheartening to think that you as an individual are judged by some body ink. No matter how large or small. I mean, it’s not like the little butterfly on my ankle would cause anyone any harm, nor can it be associated with any gangs 😛

  10. comment number 10 by: panzer415

    Does Japanese society resent the US military bases that are there? I am going to be stationed there and would like to know the people are going to give me a hard time. thanks

  11. comment number 11 by: kaioystein

    Why do you think tattoos is still tabu in such a well developed land as Japan?

  12. comment number 12 by: TheJapanChannelDcom

    I read every comment (a few hundred a day)
    But don’t have time to respond to them all.
    Thanks for watching and for your kind words.

  13. comment number 13 by: PnoyBoi4Ever

    i like how you take time to read EVEN the long comments and respond to them…really worth subscribing to you ^.^

  14. comment number 14 by: NinjaDuck1337

    Japan sounds like my kind of place…no people with ink on there body…and all that…

    Thanks for sharing these videos, without these I wouldn’t have known how much of a good culture they have.

  15. comment number 15 by: insainbassist

    Luckily even though I have several large tattoos I can easily cover them with long sleeves/pants. Guess I won’t be getting into any onsen or water parks though…

  16. comment number 16 by: birddogg62

    What about the yakuza? How is the attitude toward them?

  17. comment number 17 by: ayendal

    what about washable tattos? sure they come off, but in america kids can buy them at the dollar store. What is the japanese perspective on these? The same?

  18. comment number 18 by: shananagans5

    I am in the US and I am female. I met a woman from Japan in my real estate school. Over 2 months of classes we became good friends. I was the person she came to for questions on US culture.. After a yr + of being friends we went to a water park and she saw that I have a large tattoo of a peacock and flowers on my thigh & hip. She freaked but became ok after explaning that it covered a scar & had nothing to do with crime but it did shock her and it took a long time for her to really be ok with it

  19. comment number 19 by: TheJapanChannelDcom

    See the video above.

  20. comment number 20 by: louiscolby

    I have a small tattoo on my wrist,a medium size tattoo on my shoulder/upper arm,upper back and ribs.( it was a stupid decision,when i was younger) i’m an asian. but i don’t really like to show it,but how would people in japan look at us , especially if you are already friends with them and you decide to come clean and tell truth?will the reaction be from the male and female friends or different and if it is different,how so?

  21. comment number 21 by: miStiKredum

    u make japan soung like a very very mean strict place ,, im having second thoughts about going there , now

  22. comment number 22 by: gow1021

    I’ve noticed that a wide majority of Japanese musicians do not have tattoos. However, Kyo from Dir en Grey does usually perform onstage with his shirt off and expose his tattoos and Hazuki from lynch. also has tattoos that are sometimes showing but a lot of times covered up.

  23. comment number 23 by: earthsfirefly

    this video does bring up some good points, but i feel it might be different on where you live. now, i live in osaka which is a big city with tons of gajiin. i have two big tattoos and a lip piercing. i think people see me and think “oh another tattooed gaijin” but in the country it might be a different story. however, i try my best to respect other people and hide my tattoos as much as i can.

  24. comment number 24 by: justin6string

    @TheJapanChannelDcom That is true, take their compliments with a grain of salt.

  25. comment number 25 by: justin6string

    @TheJapanChannelDcom That… is a very good point. My University also sent me to an all women’s college, with me being one of like three guys there. It could have very well been that the girls were just happy to see a guy their own age. Ha!

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