Tag - tattoos



At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Feb 17, 2024
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation
Residents of Kushiro face an issue that more and more communities in Japan are having to deal with. The city may be young, but it's rich with tradition.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2023
Japan to consider allowing tattooed youths to join SDF
A senior Defense Ministry official recently admitted the need at a parliamentary session reviewing the current guideline banning people from applying to be an SDF cadet.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 30, 2023
The ‘Two Faces’ of Gold Bar’s cocktails make for surprising sips
Minato Ward has no shortage of expensive cocktails, but Gold Bar mixes in as much style as the best of them.
Japan Times
Feb 28, 2023
New generation revives Okinawa's once-banned Indigenous body art
The traditionally hand-poked markings were once common on women of the Ryukyu, who lived throughout the southern islands of what is now Japan.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Dec 22, 2022
Tattoo artists in Argentina swamped by demand from fans eager to pay tribute to Lionel Messi
Tattoo artists has been hard at working inking the image of Lionel Messi on the bodies of fans since Argentina's triumph at the World Cup.
Japan Times
Aug 30, 2022
Aroldis Chapman optimistic he'll be back after 'scary' infection
The Yankees had placed Chapman on the 15-day injured list on Saturday thanks to the infection, which set in after he had a portrait of his sister inked on his left calf the previous weekend.
Japan Times
May 14, 2022
Tattoos, still illegal in South Korea, thrive underground
Tattoo artists, long treated as criminals for their work, say that it is time to end the stigma against their business.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Apr 25, 2022
Discreetly, the young in Japan chip away at a taboo on tattoos
Exposed to body art on social media, more young Japanese are getting tattoos, even if that means hiding them at work.
Japan Times
Feb 21, 2022
Will a presidential election mark the end of South Korea's tattoo taboos?
Almost all of the country's 50,000 tattoo artists are at the mercy of potential police raids and prosecution, facing huge fines as well as prison terms, in theory as much as life.
Japan Times
Aug 15, 2021
In pictures: Ink of the 2020 Tokyo Olympians
The Olympic rings tattoo of Swedish pole vaulter Angelica Bengtsson | AFP-JIJIA tattoo on the arm of American volleyball player Matthew Anderson | AFP-JIJI
Japan Times
Aug 14, 2021
Olympian tattoos fail to leave their mark on the Japanese press
After Tokyo was awarded the Olympics in 2013, many thought tattoos would be a major issue during the Games. In the end, they barely scratched the surface of public attention.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 27, 2020
Japan ink: Growing tribe proudly defies tattoo taboo — and hopes for Olympic boost
Banned from spas, hot spring resorts, some beaches and many gyms and pools, enthusiasts hope the presence of tattooed foreign athletes at next year's Tokyo Games will help sweep away suspicion surrounding their ink.
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2020
Tats not all, folks: Behind the Supreme Court's tattoo ruling
Supreme Court ruling in tattoo case can be seen as a rare example of Japan's courts second-guessing a regulator as to the interpretation of regulations.
Japan Times
Dec 21, 2019
Jomon revival: Interest in Japan's indigenous hunter-gathers grows
From his hilltop studio in the suburbs of Tokyo, Taku Oshima is reviving an ancient form of body art tradition he believes was practiced by the indigenous hunter-gatherers that inhabited Japan thousands of years ago.
Japan Times
Oct 3, 2019
With Rugby World Cup in full swing, Beppu hot spring resort still divided over tattooed visitors
Hotels and bathhouses at the famed Beppu Onsen hot-spring resort in Oita Prefecture continue to be divided over whether to accept tattooed visitors.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Sep 20, 2019
Exhibition traces history of Okinawa tattoo tradition that became a mark of shame
Back when Okinawa was the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879), tattooing the back of women's hands was a common practice, with the tattoos admired by men and women alike for their elaborate designs.
Japan Times
Aug 16, 2019
Samoan diaspora ink bonds with ancestors and motherland
Oliver Fagalilo takes a labored breath and tenses his body before a sharp steel comb, dipped in ink, is driven into his skin.
Japan Times
Jul 7, 2019
Hot-spring resorts debate allowing tattooed tourists ahead of Rugby World Cup
With Japan expecting approximately 400,000 overseas visitors for the 2019 Rugby World Cup set to begin in September, hot-spring resorts across the country are faced with the ever-present issue of how to handle customers who have tattoos.
Japan Times
Jun 1, 2019
Historic justification for Japan's tattoo ban is no longer relevant
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games a little more than a year away, it's time for Japan to turn the page on tattoos. It's hard to argue with a straight face in this day and age that tattoos are exclusively used by members of the yakuza and ex-criminals. It's a no-brainer.
Japan Times
Jan 12, 2019
Japan's vernacular press coverage tiptoes around tattoo controversy
Before the Olympic Games come to Tokyo in the summer of 2020, Japan will get a chance to prove its mettle as an international sporting events host with the Rugby World Cup this fall. The games will be spread out among 12 stadiums nationwide, which means the whole country will be the focus rather than just cosmopolitan Tokyo. Consequently, omotenashi (Japanese-style hospitality) will be tested across a wider range of cultural sensibilities, since many of the host communities are not necessarily on the beaten foreign tourist path.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on