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TATTOOS

Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
May 3, 2014
Japan inked: Should the country reclaim its tattoo culture?
Tattooing is the most misunderstood form of art in contemporary Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
May 3, 2014
Japan's solitary ode to ink
Exhibits on display at the Yokohama Tattoo Museum suggest the goverment's view of body ink is out of touch with reality
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Mar 3, 2014
Loved abroad, hated at home: The art of Japanese tattooing
The perception gap between international views of irezumi and those of Japanese people dates back more than 150 years, to when foreigners first laid eyes on Japanese tattoos. Since that time, however, Japanese tattooists have influenced their foreign counterparts in remarkable ways — and sometimes vice-versa.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Mar 3, 2014
Tokyo: What's the story behind your tattoo?
Some foreign residents spill the stories behind their ink.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 9, 2013
Otaku culture gets under the skin
Tattoos in Japan have long moved on from the kind often romanticized by the West — that imagery of flamboyant yakuza that so many seem reluctant to relinquish. But a brief glance at the policies of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto reveals a nation still unwilling to allow tattoos into mainstream society — no-matter how many end up on the bodies of the younger generations.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Dec 7, 2013
Wabori: Traditional Japanese Tattoo
It may not have been their sole purposes for visiting Japan during their respective reigns, but Queen Victoria's grandson George V and the last emperor of Russia, Nicholas II, both received tattoos on visits to Japan, despite the government's ban on a craft reserved primarily for the branding of criminals. It may be fair then, to assume that even in those days it was impossible to keep the techniques of Japanese tattoo masters secret or confined to old Tokyo's sketchier parts of town, where Yoshiwara's courtesans and street ruffians became the first irezumi (tattoo) aficionados at the turn of the century.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Sep 29, 2013
Tattoos make inroads with 50 and older crowd
Thirty years ago, a good girl didn't walk into an establishment plastered with images of dragons and flames, hike her shirt up over one shoulder and let her body be injected with ink. Especially not if she was, like Darlene Nash, a 57-year-old grandmother.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jul 22, 2013
Think before you ink if you work with kids
I am very interested in getting an irezumi (traditional tattoo) in Japan. Are there any artists that will tattoo a foreigner? If so, who and where? My interviewer for the teaching position tried to warn me that tattoos are a 'no-no.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 18, 2013
Best to consult an expert before getting a cryptic kanji tattoo
"Mami," I said, reading the kanji 「真実」tattooed on the bicep of the young man seated beside me last December, aboard a flight bound for Houston, Texas. "Is that the name of your Japanese girlfriend?"

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