Tattoos in Japan – What You Should Know

Tattoos in Japan – What You Should Know

ca*singing tl;dr intro song*
pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa… [Simon] Old school viewers will know what this pig stool is about. [Martina] I’m quite tiny. Not really, I’m 5’7″ and a half but Simon is very large. [Simon] And I’m actually doing the splits as well right now in order for Martina to fit [Martina] So it is the return of the pig stool.
[Simon] Hey! [Martina] This pig stool took us a long time to find, you know? It was the correct height for both of us. [Simon] So I just finished getting my tattoo done here in Japan and we figured, since we both have tattoos and we both live in Japan, we could talk a little bit about what it’s like to have tattoos in Japan. [Martina] To begin with, I know a lot of people seem to think that Japanese people are terrified of tattoos [Simon] *gasps* OH!
[Martina] Right? It seems like everyone we see online – “I have tattoos and I’m worried about coming to Tokyo. Are people gonna run from me?” [Simon] “I have a little butterfly on my wrist and I worry that somebody’s gonna see it and they’re gonna be really really scared, and I’m not gonna be able to go anywhere and they won’t even let me off the airplane.” [Martina] Ok so, that is a total false – I was gonna say “it’s a false lie!” but doesn’t that already mean false? [Simon] This is actually perpetrated in music as well.
[Martina] Oh yeah, that Frank- [Simon] Frank Ocean, I love you to pieces. ‘Blonde’ is one of my favorite albums of all time, but in ‘Chanel’ you said “Hide my tattoos in Shibuya. Police think I’m of the underworld”. Frankie –we’re on first name terms now-, the police don’t think you’re of the underworld. You’re in Shibuya! You’re in the tourist central!
[Martina] It’s like being in New York’s Times Square. [Simon] Nobody thinks that you’re part of the underworld! [Martina] Let’s just dispel this mist immediately, ok?
*silence* Well… I said “mist”, didn’t I? [Simon] You said “mist”. Dispel the mist!
[Martina] Dispel this myth. Let’s dispel this myth immediately. There’s Japanese people that live in Japan, they look Japanese, they talk Japanese. When you show up in Japan and you don’t look like a Japanese person, they immediately think to themselves “You’re not part of the underworld”. [Simon] Right? [Martina] It doesn’t matter if you’re black and you speak Japanese, if you’re white and you speak Japanese, or even if you’re East Asian but you don’t look Japanese, they’re gonna say “You guys are foreigners”. [Simon] People don’t think that we’re part of the yakuza, they don’t think we’re part of the underworld. I’m not part of the Ducky Squad, you’re not part of the Cupcake Crew. ([Martina] The Puppy Crew!) [Simon] Alright? So don’t be worried about people thinking that you’re a bad person for having tattoos. [Martina] In our neighborhood we have a lot of old people… [Simon] Yeap. [Martina] And when they saw my tattoos, a lot of people were intrigued. They wanted to touch it or talk about it [Simon] Older people! Not just people in their 30’s and 40’s, but people in their 70’s, 80’s… 170’s… People live to a really ripe old age here. [Martina] Yes. But, for real, they’re very interested. Somebody asked me once “oh, is this paint?” and they literally reached out and touched my arm, and I remember a couple of times we went to izakayas, and there was a guy working there who clearly looked like HE was part of a gang… He was Japanese and he had his sleeves covered up to here, but we could see his tattoos dripping underneath a little bit and he was really stern faced. The two of us were kinda like “We’re new to Japan, where did we wander?”. Actually, for those who listen to our podcast, it was on the dark side of Kichijoji. [Simon] Yes. *laughs* LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST!
[Martina] *whispers* Listen to our podcast! When I took off my sweater this guy comes over, and then he went “Kawaiiiiii!!!”. Literally broke into almost a Honey Senpai voice and then he asked to see it. And I had to pull up my sleeve further, and he was like “oh my god, this is so cute!” So it doesn’t even matter that he’s got representation of his own tattoos that mean something to him. He wasn’t offended that I had tattoos. [Simon] So people visiting Japan, stop sh****ng your pants about this. You’re not gonna have a rough time. There are some things you might be limited from experiencing because of some archaic tattoo laws that a lot of people don’t necessarily agree with. [Martina] There are a lot of problems with going to onsens, which is the hot springs. A lot of them have that sign up that says “NO TATTOOS”. You can get around it in some ways if you have a small tattoo and you can put a bandage on it or a waterproof sticker bandage. But just to be honest with you guys, if you have a teeny tiny tattoo – some people are like “I have a small tattoo on my lower back”. You’re getting into an area with a towel on, you’re taking this towel off, rinsing off and getting into hot water. It’s not like people are going -tah!- and zeroing in on your butt cheeks and then rushing off to the authorities at the front desk. [Simon] There are some onsens, like the one we did a video about, that’s totally okay with people having tattoos. [Martina] There’s Dogo Onsen, which is one of the most famous onsens, apparently that’s where Studio Ghibli had its inspiration for Spirited Away, and in that place tattoos have always been fine, they’ve never placed a ban on it. [Simon] And there are some onsens that kind of operate in the gray area, for places that I haven’t actually taken you yet, but I’ve been planning some secret places. [Martina] *gasp* Is it for my birthday? Is it ‘cause it’s gonna be my birthday? Are you making plans for my birthday? [Simon] AND… what they said is that they don’t overtly say that they’re ok with tattoos but they say they’re ok with tattoos. But it’s always nice for you to call and make sure you check if they’re ok with it beforehand. [Martina] If you’re living in Japan, one of the bigger problems can be getting a gym membership. [Simon] Here in Kichijoji there are a few major gym chains that I tried to apply for membership, and I was completely covered up, nobody saw anything, and on the form they said “do you have any tattoos?”, and Martina said “you should just lie about it,” but I’m an honest person and I hate lying in every situation. [Martina] Chotto matte kudasai (Wait a moment). Let me explain why. Because Simon works out in long sleeve shirts and he wasn’t planning on showering there, I said if you’re covering up your tattoos, which P.S., I looked up online- many foreigners living in Japan lie about their tattoos and never show it. But some people said they covered up their tattoos and then in the change room when they took their shirt off they were reported because they had tattoos. [Simon] And there are people like me that operate with a moral compass and don’t wanna lie under any circumstances, [Martina] Ok…
[Simon] so I couldn’t get a gym membership here. There are supposedly other gyms- I hear that Gold’s Gym, from what people have told me, is ok with tattoos. [Martina] in more of the foreign neighborhoods.
[Simon] Yeah, that’s a little bit too far from where we are so I just built a gym in my backyard and I had my little rinky dink squat rack, rusted… [Martina] He works out in the snow… [Simon] Working out in the rain is sad. Let me tell you, it’s sad. [Martina] I go to the community center which is- every city and every local area will have… [Simon] A rec center.
[Martina] Like a rec center. I was told that I REALLY have to cover up all my tattoos because it’s considered to be an area for children and for old people. They are gonna be a lot more uncomfortable and nervous if they see these tattoos, so when I went to the gym I made sure that I wore hoodies, zipped up. AND IT WAS AWFUL! [Simon] If you sweat more, you burn more calories, I guess…? It’s good for you [Martina] No, I was so sweaty, and I remember doing one of the weight things and my sleeve went up and I was so terrified that somebody would notice. [Simon] Actually, the music stopped, there was a record player scratch, and everyone was like *GASP* “Yakuza!” [Martina] There was actually no music.
[Simon] That didn’t happen. Nobody did that. [Martina] No. But I do go swimming, -That’s a lie, I went once.- at my local rec center. I plan to go more, ok?
[Simon] You should go more, girl. [Martina] I have to wear a- like a skinsuit.
[Simon] a body condom. [Martina] A body condom, that’s the correct term. *joking* It’s a long sleeved one that goes from here to here. Zips up to my neck, and I have to wear that when I go swimming, but you also have to wear a shower cap, that little- not a shower cap.. *laughs* [Simon] Swim cap.
[Martina] A swim cap. [Martina] Asia loves their swim caps. Korea, obsessed with swim caps, Japan… [Simon] I have more hair on my chest than on my head, am I gonna wear a swim cap on my chest? [Martina] The last time we went to Korea we stayed at a hotel and Simon got into the pool without a swim cap on. –‘Cause he’s bald!- And they were like “you have to wear a swim cap”, and I’m like, *points at bald head* “but… it doesn’t… make sense”. [Simon] Where is the logic in this right here? [Martina] Another place where we had a little bit of problem with our tattoos is when we went to the beach, and we were able to sit on these little tiny café side huts and they were serving food and beer and snacks and stuff, and when I went to try to go into one of them, the guy at the door said I have to put a towel or something just to cover my tattoo. [Simon] As did I. I had to cover mine up as well. [Martina] Yeah. And they had sings that said “No Tattoos”. [Simon] The logic behind it is that “all yakuzas have tattoos” so if you just ban all tattoos no yakuza will be able to come, but that also winds up hurting the people that aren’t yakuza. [Martina] What was interesting was the guy that was telling us that we can’t come in also said to us when we were leaving “Can I see your tattoos?”, “I really like it, it so cute”. ([Simon] He was totally cool with it!) [Martina] So even though the Japanese people know that the tattoos aren’t necessarily taboo or worrisome, they still have to enforce these kinds of archaic laws .
[Simon] that people don’t fully agree with. When it comes to getting tattoos in Japan, you might’ve realized that I haven’t actually told you where I got my tattoo in Japan because I actually asked the studio if it’s ok for me to do so and they said that they don’t want that much publicity. A lot of tattoo shops, when they become too popular get raided by the police because there’s a weird law in Japan that kind of makes it illegal to do tattoos, even though it doesn’t necessarily target tattoos themselves. [Martina] It is NOT illegal to have a tattoo parlor in Japan, it’s NOT illegal to get tattoos in Japan. The illegal thing is that Japan has made it a law that in order for you to give tattoos, to do hair removal, and to do chemical peels, you have to have a doctor’s license. ([Simon] Yes) [Martina] But tattoo artists are saying, “You want me to go for 5 to 6 years to get my doctorate so that I can give a tattoo?” and on top of that, just because you have your doctorate’s degree doesn’t mean you’re an artist. And that doesn’t mean you can draw. [Simon] So the big argument in Japan is: Are tattoos a medical procedure or are they art? I tend to think it’s art, you think it’s art, a lot of people think it’s art, but according to the law they’re still treating it like a medical procedure so you’re not allowed to give or do tattoos in Japan. [Martina] So, in 2015 there was a famous court case that was going on in Osaka. A tattoo artist was raided by the police, and they charged him $3000, so he decided to go to court and fight it. Unfortunately, he did lose his court case. He ended up halving the price of the fine, but he said he’s still not giving up on this fight, and so there are a lot of websites that are petitioning and trying to get people to talk more about Japanese tattoo culture and trying to keep it going. And one thing that I read that I thought was actually pretty moving was that people keep thinking of it as just, like, a tattoo thing, but people in Japan are saying “This is historical, this is part of our culture”. This aspect of Japanese culture is going to get lost as this law is causing people to shut down and close their shops. Japan’s been tattooing for hundreds and hundreds of years, and they’ve been tattooing- and it WASN’T illegal. And it wasn’t even made for criminals. [Simon] But this is just our perspective form the research that we have. I’m sure there’re many more nuances to the argument that we’re not aware of, so please let us know in the comment section bellow. We wanna have a healthy discussion about this and see what you guys think about it as well. [Martina] So what do you guys think about tattoo culture? Even if you don’t have a tattoo, do you think that tattoos should still be banned in the onsens and on beaches? [Simon] So that’s it for our video on tattoos in Japan. For those of you that wanna know what this tattoo of mine means, because I just got it done, make sure you click on the link here and then I’ll tell you my very emotional story about what this tattoo means to me. Do you know what was a fun memory? Doing these videos again. We haven’t stood up and done a TL;DR like this in… [Martina] I know!
[Simon]… a very long time. [Martina] And look! It’s our old- it’s a kitchen, it’s kinda like our old one. [Simon] we used to sit in the kitchen when we did our first… [Martina] If you guys are joining us and you’re new, when we were in Korea we used to do these videos in our kitchen and then it slowly moved depending on the houses. ([Simon] I had red hair back then.) [Martina] You had hair back then
[Simon] … True. [Martina] Yes. [Simon] It’s gone now.
[Martina] It’s gone! Now let’s edit this monster of a video.
Ha! It’s so long, we talk so much.

100 thoughts on “Tattoos in Japan – What You Should Know

  1. I'm fully sleeved and want to get a very memorable tattoo when I get to japan in 5 days. I just dont know where to go. I heard dont go anywhere near the airport or touristy places because they over charge. Please let me know what you think. Thanks for the informative video!!!

  2. For Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, they're telling players and fans travelling to Japan to cover up tattoos so the Japanese won't think you're part of the Yakuza.

    As if the Japanese will mistake these tattooed Polynesian/European rugby players as being members of a crime syndicate that I would assume is more than likely exclusively made up of ethnic Japanese.

    Was a good chuckle none the less.

  3. I don’t want tatto shops to be banded but I rather not see tattoo bodies so open at public places.. I def don’t want my nephew to see it at pool/beach/onsen but tattoo artist should not be illegal as long as people with tattoo follow rules and moral

  4. I think Japanese government thinking is so absurd, tattoo artists and doctors are totally different professions and skills. Glad I live in America!

  5. Thaaaank you for this video ! I am just booking my trip to Japan and I was so worried cause I don't have tiny little tattoos but a some bigger ones that I have to cover them all the time and have to wear long sleeves.. ^^

  6. 日本人にとっての刺青は依然として「やくざ者」の威圧の象徴と捉える認識が根強く、温泉など入浴施設はそういう方たちとのトラブルを避けるべく刺青を拒絶しています。


  7. What about finding work in Japan, I would like to become a English teacher in Japan, worried my tattoos can stop me, I can cover them as it’s just my upper arm, but does it matter even if you cover up, will they even hire you ?

  8. Thank you love!!! planning to visist japan on the summer and defenetly wanna go to a ryokan, but as you guys says it only on a few places that they have the laws for not allowing tattoos on beaches… TBH could care less but i have half of a sleeve on yakuza style and i have heard the stories of people beign horrofied of yakuzas , but as I see it migth not e so serious

  9. I have 11 face tattoos, I know a decent amount of Japanese, because I took Japanese. I don't know if I'm allowed to go cause they would see me as violent or scary.

  10. I’m actually watching this pretty late and it’s kind of relevant. How do tattoos affect the work environment for those who have them? For example I’m studying Aerospace Engineering in the US and would love to work for JAXA. Would I be dismissed or treated differently because of my tattoos or would it be like regular protocol, as in I would have to cover them with a long sleeve and all is well?

  11. How is it if you are tattooed from neck and down, on hands and so forth, is it worth to go to Japan?
    I am asking sense I always wanted to go but need to be able to go to the gym and beach.

  12. So basically if I stay away from public onsen/beaches/water parks/public pool, and so on. It's totally fine then?
    I'm Trans alrerady so I didn't plan to visit those kind of places in the first place.

    I guess I'm getting a tattoo now.

    Btw… How are tattoos seen when it comes to finding a job? (Thinking of working for a video game studio there when I graduate)

    Thanks in advance for the response.

  13. Hey guys, I was wondering if you know of an actual list of onsens that allow tattoos. Me & my husband will be visiting tokyo, kyoto and osaka so I was trying to find one around that area. Would love advice or feedback. Thanks 🙂

  14. My boyfriend has tattoos and my mum’s Japanese.😅 I told my cousins about it and they didn’t mind at all. I agreed with my mum that he will hide his tattoos in front of the older people in my Japanese family though.

  15. So I'm Japanese by ethnicity, and American by nationality. I'm visiting Tokyo and Miyazaki via a government funded athletic trip/cultural exchange in January. I have a whole sleeve, a half chest piece, a larger ankle band, and a whole calf piece. Will my tattoos be an issue since I look/am Japanese? I don't speak the language by the way.

  16. Great info thanks! I am going to Okinawa in May & I have tattoos, will I have issues going to the hotel pool and beaches? Thanks in advance.

  17. Ok if you have a small tattoo like around 4 cm on your hand being a caucasian foreigner it is save to travel in Japan. Does the tattoo ausen is own by Yakuzas. Arigatō gozaimasu

  18. There is a difference between being and Artist and a Doctor. Even if you go for 'Medical School' for 5 years, nobody wants a shitty stick figure on them!

  19. If you're applying for jobs either in Japan or through an English teaching program do they tend to discriminate against tattoos? I don't have any yet but am getting my cat's paw on my wrist within the next week and I was just curious if I should get used to covering it up if I were to want to do that (I know you guys don't have this issue, but I wasn't sure if you'd know anyone who would know) thank you!

  20. Of course being a foreigner in japan, u are already a little of an outcast, but being a Japanese person living in japan, I am judged for having tattoos. Tattoos on Japanese people are still connected to gangs. Cool video!

  21. well i have a samurai mask on my leg with japanese dragon and a japanese skull on my arm think its diffrent then some color kids tattoos

  22. Why does no one mention that the ink is toxic and damages your lymphatic system, impairing your immune system? Surely that's the best reason?
    The body cannot clear this toxic ink so it sits in your lymph nodes for decades.
    If you wish to stop people harming themselves in this way, then it would pay to tell them how foolish it is to inflict such a long – term injury onto themselves.
    When lymph nodes are removed to treat cancer, doctors find ink present, even in cases where the patient had a very small tattoo, 40/50 years previous.
    Knowing these facts, many would change their mind totally about having any tattoos.
    Hope that helps someone.

  23. what about tattoos in Korea and do you have in tattoo parlors you know of in Seoul I'm going there for the summer and want to get a tattoo when I'm there 😊

  24. Hey there! Sorry if you answered this already but can Martina say where she got her tattoo or was it the same place you can't talk about Simon? I'm planning on going to Tokyo next year and wanted to get a kawaii tattoo. Let me know if you get a chance 🙂

  25. I love the tattoo laws and regulations in Japan–not because they keep the yakuza at bay, but because they keep the douchey parts of the expat community away.

  26. Thank you for this video, im visiting Japan soon and have large forearm tatts. Saving video to watch before i go for onsens. ありがとうございます、じゃまた

  27. I wanna see the rinky dink gym! 😁 i'm planning on getting a full back piece, and then I wonder if I go to s korea with my boyfriend if things would be difficult at onsens 🤔 I love tattoos, I have 3 right now . My boyfriend is indifferent about them but he doesnt like irezumi tats at all. He says they look like gang tats and I wouldn't understand unless I was born there 🤷🏻‍♀️

  28. Tattoos are art but it is a good thing that they consider it a medical procedure because it can be dangerous because your working with bio hazards(blood, needles etc..) But i dont think u should have to have a doctors degree to do it. In the U.S. (where i live ) you have to take a 2 day class to get a bloodborn pathogens certification to keep people safe and to get a licence to tattoo. (I wanna be a tattoo artist when I graduate lol)

  29. why you have to give up your culture to adjust to their culture. If it's not your culture just do what you think is appropriate. Your foreigners anyways and that gives you more leeway than the natives.

  30. i was a bit scared since i had some pokemon tattoos… but people loved it! they even wanted to take pictures xD

  31. I personally don’t like tattoos and would never get one myself but I don’t think they should be banned or illegal

  32. Hello…I think alot of people and cultures have their beliefs that are really old ..and no matter what ,they want to stay in that mindset because it is tradition.😓😒🤦Such a shame..I hope people can drop the stereotypes, and be more open minded one day .✌🏻

  33. Yeah, the mafia tattoo thing is over here in Taiwan also. I remember once my friends and I got some temporary tattoos in a care package from the states and we tried to convince our Taiwanese friend to apply one. He was so terrified and would not do it. I have had several of my Taiwanese students ask me why "so many people in America have tattoos." There are also some of those tattoo laws here, in order to keep the mafia out of their establishment. BTW, the swim cap thing is here too. 😂 This was a really interesting video, especially the info about tattoo parlors and the historical connection. 🙌 I love your tattoo, Martina!

  34. I went to Tokyo and Kyoto last year, I have a full sleeve. I did see a lot of glares toward me especially with the older people. And they dress really nice, even their casual clothes. I was in jeans and a t shirt and looked like a hobo compared to everyone

  35. For a place so focused on tradition and conserving history, you'd think they wouldn't have ever let that law even pass. I hope they change it soon

  36. Ofcourse Japanese neighbors are going to act like they are okay with tattoo, Japanese people often do not show their true emotion. You've met some people who 'seems' okay with tattoo does not mean they are really okay with tattoo.

  37. Thank you it was very helpful clarify some of my questions. I literally has the band name "The Killers" on my arm lol, guess I really need to check with my future onsen choices. I was shocked with the gym membership tho, guess I have to workout in my hotel then.

  38. Tattoos in Japan just have a negative connotation. It is also a country slow to change and accept tattoos in general.

    I was not trying to be a dick,just an observation. I am not inked,I never felt the need for them. I think the traditional Japanese tattoos are gorgeous and done well.

    I think the laws were written that way to discourage people from opening tattoo shops. I think they are more art than medical procedure. But that can change if the equipment is not sterile or the tattoo gets infected. You are breaking your first layer of defense in a way for being inked.

  39. I don’t want to be the cynic but my experience of being a heavily tattooed Asian-Canadian guy in Japan and other Asian countries is quite negative. Always get dirty looks in Japan if I don’t hide my tattoos, and although I’ve never been refused service in a restaurant or shop, I’ve never felt that people were comfortable with me, even though I consider myself to be a friendly outgoing guy. One time when I was flying into Singapore, the immigration officer tried his best to refuse me entry, he constantly asked if I have a criminal record and if I have been to jail, he wouldn’t believe that I am a news editor. Just want to share my views based on my personal experience, most Asian countries are very conservative so it is how it is. I think non-Asians with tattoos are judged differently though. Me and my girlfriend love your videos btw, keep up the good work 🙂

  40. I remember being so worried about my small tattoos during my first visit. Literally no one at the sento I went to made any fuss about it. Though, worrying did make me forget that I had to be nekkid in front of strangers. XD

  41. I have tattoos heavily on my hands and I'm worried about my upcoming visit because they are hard to hide. I am getting make up to try to hide them if need be tho. Does anyone have any experience with tattoos that they cant hide?

  42. Great video guys, I’m sorry to say I’ve just discovered you but glad that I did!
    I have a full ghibli/dragon ball sleeve and moved to Kyoto last month. I definitely have been worried about showing it but only because I respect the older citizens and I’m worried about finding work. And also been in Kyoto it’s more of a traditional place than say, Tokyo/Osaka. In no way though however am I worried that they think I’m part of some underground gang 😂
    My girlfriend is Japanese and she informed me 100 percent nobody will care on a day to day basis outside. So after watching your video it definitely makes me feel happier and comfortable with wearing t shirts outside. Especially now it’s getting hotter 😂

    Thank you so much!

  43. Man…you guys are awesome. I have wanted to visit Japan for YEARS, but have always decided against it because Im very heavily tattooed (A lot of everything from cartoons to random stuff that I like) But was always deterred mostly, because I didnt want to offend anyone there, or have them think I was some sort of criminal just because I am in fact tattooed. This makes me want to rethink going for a visit. Thank you so much for this video !!

  44. I think Tattoos should be fine everywhere even if children see them as long as there is no nudity or depictions of violence. These bans are insane. I have 3 tattoos by the way…(hand, forearm and thigh!

  45. Thank you. Part of my reasoning for not visiting japan is the tattoo issue as I have both arms completely covered and my knuckles with the top of my hands getting done. Hard to cover up. If i am going to pay a lot of money to vacation somewhere I don't want to be hassled for my tattoos. Its seems like its been a bit over blown. However having issues at the beach is bothersome and probably will still keep me from going to the place that has always been my number one place to visit.

  46. Hey, I don’t know what the soup tatto means. Like in jappan. Or whatever they say. SOME ONE TELL ME!!!

  47. I'm Korean (Japanese can't tell just by my appearance) with tattoo, and I'm living in Japan, and it's hard. 😉

  48. I'm planning on moving to japan within the next few years and was wondering if my tattoos will keep me from becoming a teacher? They're both on my inner forearms and can be pretty easily covered with makeup and/or long sleeves. Will they give me trouble in the hunt for employment?

  49. I think tatoos are art, but because of special tatoos, that are made only for prisoners and criminals, some people think "Tatoos are bad! You shouldn't do it!". My two friends (they are choreographs) have tatoos (one of them has tatoo on her wrist and another has tatoo near her stomach) , and on the concerts, when they are dancing this looks very good. I remember once in summer I had a mehndi. It is temporary tatoo, which is drawn using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. You can go to a beauty salons or you can do a mehndi at home. Because it is temporary it is easy to wash it away after 2-3 weeks, so you can try many different tatoos.

  50. Like I'm thinking of doing a small wave tattoo in my arm.. But because I want to live in Japan idk if I should do it..

  51. Great video! We are moving to Japan early next year and we are covered in tattoos! My hubby will be a military retiree in the private sector (we’re in our 40’s), and we will be looking to buy a house. This seems like a silly question, but will having tattoos prevent us from buying a home there? Thanks! Also, I’m going to have to invest in long sleeves and Capri pants. LoL.

  52. I am moving to Japan soon. Even though your video helped me a ton I am still worried. I have 2 sleeves and hand, knuckles, and finger tattoos. I also have tattoos up and down my legs. Nothing that is tattooed is offensive, mainly religious and music since I am a drummer. Any suggestions on the transition? Do I need to cover up wherever I go. I have already gotten a body swimsuit, and have been getting long sleeve covers to cover up short sleeve shirts, and looking into make up cover ups for my hands and fingers. Not planning on working there, am a stay at home wife, but again want to be respectful. This will be a permanent move. Thank you!

  53. The doctor law is probably there because tattooing Hass to be very sterile and hygienic. If things are not properly sterilized and they’re not using the proper tools and ink etc., it can lead to infections and other issues.

  54. My issue is that I am an Asian. I lived all my life in Europe, so I am culturally only European. I am originally from Korea and could actually look like someone from Japan or Korea. Also I have some more traditional looking tattoos and they are quite extensive. So it might be an issue for me.

  55. I'm so glad you guys made this. I was talking about moving to Japan but so many forums where saying that I was going to be pretty much shunned for having tattoos. Like litterally telling me that I wouldn't make friends or a girlfriend because nobody will associate with me.

  56. Hello guys i would like to get your guys opinion of having the imperial japanese flag or the rising sun flag as a tattoo, i was planning to get a custom design of it on my forearm but at the same time hesitant, because i dont want to offend anyone with it.. i would like to hear your guys opinion about it thanks!

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