Nowadays people think tattoos are fashion or body art .
I like tattoos and I think they are pretty cool to see tattoos on American people but not on Japanese people.
Because they have long history of tattoos in Japan.
So you should know while you are visiting Japan if you have tattoos!
1.Tattoos meaning in Japan
Japanese tattoos are very popular in the world.
But people that have tattoos in Japan are YAKUZA(gangsters) since long time ago.
So Japanese people that have tattoos are not popular in Japan.
People avoid them and sometimes they’re scared.
If you introduce your boyfriend to your parents, don’t even mention his tattoos.
Of course you can’t get a job if you have tattoos.
Even now you can see the signs saying
” No tattoos allowed ” in hot springs and pools .
2.if you have tattoos
If you have tattoos and want to go into the pool or hot springs, just cover your tattoos.
You can cover with bandaids or wrapping your arm if you can .
If you have big tattoos, you can wear T shirt or bathing suits.
Some hot springs allow you to wear bathing suits so you should ask at the front desk.
Or you can get the hotel room that comes with private hot springs.
Japanese people think tattoos on American people are COOL!
Almost young people in Japan think tattoos are more art or fashion.
They are fine with their friends getting tattoos and they are perfectly ok with it.
Still many people don’t want to get tattoos though.
Most parents would say
“Tattoos are ok but NOT on my kids!” lol