Tattoo Bans Exclude Record Numbers

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Amidst Japan’s ever ongoing campaign to hound tattooed deviants from public places, Saitama may now lead the pack – the prefecture has been excluding record numbers of people with tattoos from public pools, boasting that one pool managed a record-setting “180 in a day.”

According to the authorities managing Saitama’s prefectural pools, a severely enforced blanket ban on tattoos has, surprisingly, resulted in a decrease in the number of visitors with tattoos, and they claim a corresponding increase in the number of non-deviant family users.

One of their chief security staff, a 62-year-old former police officer, explains just how trying their ordeal was:

“Last year we excluded a record 180 people a day. From morning to night, we were so busy we had no time for lunch even. The guys with female companions were the most persistent.”

With such diligent efforts this particular facility managed to throw out an average of 50 tattooed deviants a day.

Whilst in 2010 the prefecture did generously allow customers wearing full body swimsuits which concealed their body art to make use of its public facilities, it says this resulted in yakuza infiltration and has since tightened the ban.

It is claimed that tattooed attendees provoked complaints from frightened members of the public and that cleaning staff were too afraid to approach them, making it impossible to clean some areas.

Rather than fall prey to the mistake of thinking that not all tattooed individuals are yakuza operatives bent on intimidating the public, the authorities have instead announced a zero-tolerance ban on all tattoos in their facilities, including so-called “one point” western-style fashion tattoos, hitherto not known for signalling gang affiliation and increasingly popular amongst young men and women.

Just what proportion of those banned from such facilities for having tattoos are actually the syndicate members anyone inked in Japan is presumed to be is not clear – as is the proportion of pool-going criminals, organised or otherwise, who manifestly do not advertise their status with a handy indelible mark on their body.

The question of whether tax-paying and law-abiding prefectural residents deserve equal access to facilities run with public funds also appears not yet to have been broached.

Online the policy has won the local authority much praise in any case, with bullying disliked minorities proving as popular a policy as ever:

“Good job!”

“Can’t they ban them from beaches too?”

“I saw a pool in Kawaguchi where a tattooed bunch were just swimming and making merry as if it was totally normal!”

“How can those Osaka civil servants think it is OK to have tattoos after hearing this!?”

“That they had 180 people with tattoos coming in a day is pretty odd.”

“This is great, they are getting rid of the ones with ‘fashion tattoos’ too! Yakuza and inked morons ought to keep their skin to themselves!”

“Tattoos are for outlaws, people with them ought to be shunned and not socialise in public like this.”

“I bet they are still soft on whites with tattoos though!”

“The bath house near me will chase you out just for having a one point tattoo too.”

“Wait, so they banned people from coming with swimsuits covering their tattoos? Do they strip search them now or what?”

“So I’ll be strip searched for wearing a full body swimsuit because I don’t want to get burned?”

“The fact that none of these tattooed guys who get thrown out and lectured about it actually caused trouble in response says something too I think…”

“They should make pools just for tattooed people, with extra-high fees and police to watch them.”

“What kind of idiot would go to a Saitama open-air pool anyway? The prefecture is full of rivers.”

“Children go to those pools. Only homosexuals get tattoos, go to a sauna you freaks!”

“Yakuza with no money swaggering about a public pool like that! Tattooed people ought to be shot.”

“Nice to see some old fart getting a government pay check for no good reason actually doing something useful for a change.”

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      • Exactly!

        I mean, where else can you go to see (naked) six year olds and younger of the opposite gender roaming around so easily? I can’t be the only person in Japan who considers one of the reasons to go to onsens (although the relaxing effect of the water is nice too lol).

      • One of my grandmother have tatoos. She got them from her tribe. (You know, traditions)
        Most tatoos nowaday aren’t like that, but seriously. Tatoos don’t harm anyone, why not leave tatooed people alone ?

        I’d rather ban smoking people, at least they harm themselves and their surrounding, and their smoke stink. They are way more of an hindrance than tatooed people.

        • Smoking in Japan is “banned”, or at least restricted, in the sense that smokers are always put into their own sections, although depending on the kind of place, the smoking section might be a lot bigger and nicer than the non-smoking section (in which case, I sometimes make the choice to endure the smoke).

          A ban on public smoking was passed in parts of Tokyo recently though, which is quite nice.

        • @Anon 01:39
          SMOKING DIRECTLY will PHYSICALLY, and (can) MENTALLY harm you and others around you ( esp. on the long run ) with the smoke from burning your cigarette (or alike), especially to lungs and respiratory system.

          I couldn’t agree more to ban SMOKING, if possible, all the prefectures follow suit to ban people from smoking.

          Anon like you that smoke without care to others and just uttering BULLSHIT like you are nice, eh ?

          Respect others and you will be respected.

        • Smoking in Japan is “banned”, or at least restricted, in the sense that smokers are always put into their own sections, although depending on the kind of place, the smoking section might be a lot bigger and nicer than the non-smoking section (in which case, I sometimes choose to endure the smoke).

          A ban on public smoking was passed in parts of Tokyo recently though, which is quite nice.

        • Not nice in the slightest, Joshi. You have absolutely NO RIGHT to dictate to other people what they do unless they a DIRECTLY PHYSICALLY harming you.

          With smoking? No direct physical harm, contrary to the fucking bullshit that the WHO and others keep on putting out there.

      • Best part? While it might be nice it’s not worth having 10 old men staring at your junk the entire time. One time I had to tell them to look at their own dicks.

        And in a lot of places they’re pretty lenient on foreigners with tattoos, and if you’re willing to cover it up in any way they become very happy.

        There’s a lot of young people who, while they might not get tattoos themselves, do not see any harm in it. But the hate is not to any surprise in a country that is run by old fossils.

        • Love to get downvotes from people who have probably never ever set a foot in an onsen…

          Either way, being white or black, they will stare at you, and it’s not the most pleasent feeling while trying to relax.

        • It’s not fake at all, after I said it they all realized how stupid they were for staring at my junk. After which I could enter the bath and actually enjoy my self. I also proceeded to apoligise for my tone.

          Now, this doesn’t happen to everybody, but it’s not enjoyable to have 10 dudes staring at your junk when you want to relax.

    • i disagree, i have 3 moe tattoos of nekomimi on my left arm, all tied into a full sleeve.

      Also what do the peeps with tats do for pools then, aint they breaking some human rights law or something, you have green eyes you can`t walk on the pavement, etc etc..

      Changing my ideal holiday of a lifetime destination now, it was japan, and had been for 5 years of saving, but nope aint being segregated like some pre mandela south africa….

    • Bonita Friedland filmed her slicing and dicing her hubbie’s cock in Lake Forest, Illinois at the Friedland Event. Her hubbie objected to her tattoos on her labia and said their divorce is final. With a shortened cock, where will “P.F.” go to find his next fling in Lake Forest, Illinois?

    • You obviously have no perception of what the real world is like, do you?

      See that doctor, the one that just saved the guy’s life? He might (and in my experience a lot of them do ) have tattoos.

      See the Maori tribesmen? Facial tattoos? Are they low-lives? Go say that to their faces, see how you fare then. Pretty easy to be a tough guy when you’re anonymous, not so much when you’re staring down 10 large New Zealanders.

      I personally know of plenty of tattooed men and women who work in the care industry, looking after and helping mentally and physically disabled folk about their day-to-day business. Yea real ‘scum of the earth’ they are.

      Ironically, it’s bigots like you with no understanding of what goes on outside their front door that gives people like us a bad name.

      I bet you hate gays too?

      tl:dr: No we’re not low-lives, most tattooed folk are nice, it’s the bigots like you that besmirch genuine decent people, and tar us all with the same brush.

      /End-of-discussion.

    • You have no fraking clue what the hell you are talking about. So my dad, an army veteran who has his unit logo tattooed on his arm is a lowlife? If we are ever in a war that threatens your life, you better hope some “lowlife” comes & rescues your sorry ass.

  • i’m alright with thiss. if you want to parade around in public with tattoos, then do it in your own country, instead of someone else’s foreign country. everyone is happy that way.

    • Yes – and keep your spending money for a more suitable vacation where people will be friendly to you, and not so judgemental. No point in exchange dollars for yen just to have people look doen their noses at you. I’d rather go to Amsterdam & hang out in a more open minded culture.

      • Right on, tell me when you’re in the neighbourhood. I’ll show you the cleanest and safest parts of the city (red light district), then we calmly enjoy some drugs, maybe drink at a bar and go to a concert.
        It’ll be an awesome day 😀

  • From the fact that this site keeps writing about tattoo bans, and the increasingly outraged tone that’s taken in them, i think “he who bans his own name in the comments” might have tattoos ww

      • Anonymous says:

        Lake Forest, Illinois has no tattoo ban and Bonita Friedland has numerous tattoos in unmentionable places. Bonita Friedland is an internet porn addict and gets her tattoo inspirations from internet porn sites. Good thing Lake Forest, Illinois does not ban tattoos or Bonita Friedland would be arrested.

    • Tattoos are not banned in Lake Forest, Illinois where Bonita Friedland hosts the Friedland Event to show off her tattoos. Bonita Friedland has tattoos of her hubbie’s initials with red hearts on her boobs. Bonita Friedland said she will have a hard time removing them if her divorce goes through. Bonita Friedland says the “heart” went out of her marriage to “P.F.” ten years ago.

      • Bonita Friedland of Lake Forest, Illinois has “P” tattooed on her left buttock and “F” on her right buttock. The tattoos are large and conspicuous and were done after her marriage to “P.F.” in Lake Forest, Illinois. Bonita Friedland says most of her tattoos are never seen because they are in private places.

  • My guess is that all the people on SanCom that are pretending to be outraged at this are actually weaboos with tattoos themselves, and the reason they’re mad is it suddenly dawned on them that they’ll never be able to go to the holy land without being rejected?

    Well, I hear you can get rid of tattoos at least sort of. Better get on that.

    • not the police, but the staff will. They even have signs in english and various foreign languages to make sure people know of this rule, since most foreigners seem to still not know.

      The look of indignation on foreigners when they make some planned visit to an onsen just to get rejected at the door is pretty funny. Do some research first.

      • Bonita Friedland of Lake Forest, Illinois put her hubbie’s cock in the microwave when he complained about her tattoo. Bonita Friedland stripped at the Friedland Event to show off her tattoo of her hubbie’s “member.” Once his cock exploded in the microwave, it is only a distant member. See Bonita Friedland’s tattoo of her hubbie “P.F.” at the Friedland Event.

      • Do some research first…? Perhaps it’s just that people from civilized nations who don’t make every piece of skin art into a federal case wouldn’t consider the fact that another so-called civilized nation would be so indignant about the word “MOM” with a heart around it in memory of their mother who died of cancer.

        I can’t stand tattoos and consider them the mark of foolish short-sightedness. But the Japanese are proving themselves to be more idiotic in this case than I had previously given them credit.

        If the Yakuza are such an issue still, keeping them from a public pool is the least of the country’s worries. What a collection of mindless sheeple they are turning out to be. Just because something useless is done with taxpayer’s money because someone may or may not have made a decision about their skin, and because stupid people can see it happen, they think something is actually being done about anything?

        Good to know America and Japan share in their stupidity about politics. Brothers in arms down to the bitter end of freedom and understanding.

        • *02:31 09/08/2012
          “I doubt that many Yakuza make it a high priority to go and take control of a public swimming pool.They probably have their own freaking pools to go to.”

          The greater part of yakuza doesn’t live in a stately mansion.
          stupid yakuza who cannot live in a stately mansion often appears in the public domain.

        • “Granted I know how to track down people who do such things and see them prosecuted and in prison”

          ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

          you don’t even know what Tor is? jesus christ, and that’s like internet 101.

          “i know how to track down people! wait, what’s the internet again?”

          sooo pathetic

        • by the way, gaelstrom, your page is now bookmarked (along with the pages of a few other sancom users, such as the known christians on this site).

          from now on, every comment you post on this site, i’m gonna reply with:

          “Granted I know how to track down people who do such things and see them prosecuted and in prison”

          have fun never escaping the memory of when you tried to be an internet tough guy, =)

        • This isn’t about politics it is about what is a social norm. Tatoos had a stigma attached to them in the very recent history of most western countries, just because they have become acceptable there doesn’t mean the rest of the world has to follow suit like mindless automotons. Tatoos are a choice people make and in a country like Japan they know the social opobrium attached to them. Acting indignant or angry about things that people have done to themselves is just silly.

        • “I can do many things, but regardless of perception of my chosen screen name or avatar, none of the things I do will be at the behest of a coward who hides behind anonymity in order to chastise or insult over the internet.”

          give your real name, address, and phone number, right now.

          either that, or admit you’re an idiot. your choice =)

        • “Granted I know how to track down people who do such things and see them prosecuted and in prison”

          ahahahahahahaha

          you don’t even know what Tor is? jesus christ, and that’s like internet 101.

          “i know how to track down people! wait, what’s the internet again?”

          sooooooo pathetic

        • “Granted I know how to track down people who do such things and see them prosecuted and in prison”

          ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

          you don’t even know what Tor is? jesus christ, and that’s like internet 101.

          “i know how to track down people! wait, what’s the internet again?”

          sooooooooooo pathetic

        • @ Anon 00:38

          True, but at least I can be identified by my messages and will stand by what I say and will speak with someone about it. There is cowardice and then there is stupidity. Just because I am not afraid directly of being known what my views are, I’m also not stupid enough to trust that mindless children with a basic knowledge of the internet can’t do things to cause trouble in my life if they knew who I am simply because I said something they disagree with. Granted I know how to track down people who do such things and see them prosecuted and in prison, but why go through the hassle for people who aren’t worth the shit that comes out of their bodies?

        • The problem is that in Japan tattoos are used mainly by a criminal organization that could kill you if they wanted. So people are afraid of goin to places where possible Yakuza members are. They are even afraid to talk to them, even more let their children around them.

        • Personally I like tattoos, however my view depends on the individual case. If its some dumb teen getting a skull “cuz it looks cool” it’s pretty freaking lame.

          But if you plan and design the tattoo yourself (assuming you’re artistically inclined) for the purpose of self expression or have meanings for each image then I approve.

          I plan on getting tattoos some day but only after I’m completely sure of the design and colors.

        • It all sounds like BS to me, I doubt that many Yakuza make it a high priority to go and take control of a public swimming pool. They probably have their own freaking pools to go to. But because of this fear they just ban anyone with tattoos? That’s the most retarded thing I ever heard, “social norm” or not.

          I mean seriously people still think this way in the US and other western countries about piercings and tattoos. It’s just proves how ignorant the staff and the people running these facilities really are.

        • I question the source of all the downvoting last night of all the logical messages, and the rampant upvoting of the messages that sound just like the closed-minded, fearful Japanese in the article itself.

          Plus the posts in defense of tattoos being the choice of only criminals and delinquents, a mindset that doesn’t really exist so intensely outside Japan, makes me think that they’re trolling us.

          By Japan’s own admission there are differences in tattoos. If Yakuza tattoos are known, and their status is known inherently in your own culture, then you know the difference between a tattoo of criminal status, and a tattoo that exists out of sentimentality and personal choice.

          Perhaps the people of Japan should once again stop being mindless, fearful sheep and stop pretending someone’s personality and morality are represented fully by a single choice they made and… Oh I don’t know… “Do some research first” on tattoos?

  • and anyways why not let them into there pools who cares if people have tattoos they are very cool and a way of expressing ones self through body art I my self even have one and I like them!!!!!

  • why in the hell do they care so fucking much about tatttoos that is fucking stealing of people’s rights and expressing them selfs let em if they have tattoos not all are fucking yakuuza members!!!

  • It’s amazing how intolerant people are here on a pornography website.

    You think tattoos are bad, yet you accept loli porn.

    You call tattoos disgusting, yet you think tentacle porn is fine.

    Why not just accept that everyone is different? You don’t want to be judged by other people’s standards so, try not judging other people by yours.

  • I find it funny that a lot of the fat, stinky ota losers that are regular to Sankaku & 2ch are talking about tattoos being eyesores. What if Japan were to start banning ugly motherfuckers from public places? Betcha the internet would be on fire with that one.

  • I would sue if any business tried this with me and would call the police to shut these businesses down over civil rights violations.

    Bottom line is that a tattoo does NOT mean that you are a criminal nor part of a gang.

    Japan is getting is more and more insane as time goes on.

  • I don’t know what’s wrong with all the people here who are on the pro side regarding those tattoo bans.
    Especially on a site like this, where society-proclaimed “NEETS and social outcasts” converge, you guys should have some empathy for others who are bullied by some superficial public flavour of the month hate-campaign.

    Imo people can do what they want as long as they dont bother others with it. And no, seeing someone with a tattoo does not mean being bothered. Stop staring and hey – no problem. Same for otaku-haters – don’t get involved with otaku if you can’t stand japanese pop culture.

    It’s appalling that no matter how small the minority, people will never fail to keep bullying down the food chain. I’d have expected more open-mindedness -.-

  • Nice and class move again Japan.

    Tattoos not tolerated, harsh discrimination toward their owners…
    …but bullies are free and can sleep in peace?

    It makes me sick to see how limited and negative their vision and opinion about tattoos are, its art, its a culture you morons.
    Putting the blame on yakuza is just another lame excuse.

    • Yes, it is another lame excuse and I really hope that someone sues over this at some point.

      It’s about time that the Japanese overcame that whole “Authority is always right!” bullcrap that I keep on seeing on various Japanese sites.

      No, authorities are NOT always right. In fact, they are not even right 1% of the time.

  • What the hell is wrong with those Japanese?

    For all the various sorts of grouping and discriminating they do, why can’t they manage to think enough to distinguish between “Yakuza” tattoos and “other” tattoos?

    Do they think some old Jewish guy who was forced to get a number tattooed onto his wrist in a Third Reich death camp is somehow Yakuza?

    • >>why can’t they manage to think enough to distinguish between “Yakuza” tattoos and “other” tattoos?

      Tatoo’s image is very relationated with problematical persons due to it be one of main culture of yakuzas.
      It’s like tatoo of mexican drugdealers: people will fear it.

  • I used to think that these bans were 100% ridiculous, but now that I’ve learned more about Triad and Yakuza history, I can see where their prejudice is coming from.

    Interestingly, after learning about these gangsters’ history and seeing images of them and their tattoos, I have to honestly say that I can’t look at tattoos the same way anymore. And considering Japan’s history with the Yakuza, I can understand their prejudice a little more. The ban’s still a tad overboard though.

  • The father of one of my pupils in the cram school where I work thinks long haired men are a bunch of criminals and a clearly bad influence. After a reunion with him about his daughter’s progress and what they should help her with at their home, he decided to make her stop going to clas on the subjects I taught, 2 months before the university admision exams.
    The girl failed those subjects and had to take the exam again the next year.
    It is clearly my fault for having waist long hair…

  • To provide some context, 2-4 centuries ago, criminals in Japan were tattooed (typically arm bands) to mark them in a way they could never remove. The Meiji government banned tattoos as barbaric. Eventually organized crime (yakuza) started willingly getting tattoos much larger and more elaborate than this. Some say that when samurai were displaced from society, many had tattoos already, pushing them into the beginnings of yakuza society (though I suspect it goes back much farther, to kabukimono.)

    So while it’s quite legal now, and growing in acceptance, it seems that those in charge still feel the need to make a show of opposing it. I’m just speculating, but I think it’s like when there’s a shooting, and politicians feel the need to crack down on gun laws even though the shooting and sometimes the guns were already illegal by existing laws. They can’t be seen as “soft on crime” or “doing nothing” so they harass people who are visible, but not really doing anything wrong.

  • school kids bully other kids until they commit suicide, or burn them until they look tattooed, teachers grope little children and apologize and everything is happy bunny kitty, you hate all other Asians, but a tattoo is is a capital offense. You are indeed different from other societies. I will remain a happy barbarian !

    • And what’s with the irrational fear of the yakuza anyway? They’re criminals granted, but don’t the mostly deal with loansharking and other petty crimes? Not like they’ll kick your ass for looking them in the eye or cap you in the middle of the street so they can take your shoes.

  • Well Japan is a fucked up country. They have some cool/good stuff but they have crazy stuff as you cant go to pool or beach with tattoo? Its like some kommunist shit.

    Oh yeah and I have never seen a country that is that “racist” or atleast descriminate forginers as much as they do.

  • Good for Japan.

    This tattoo/piercing fad has got to stop. It’s ugly, and it’s an unsanitary and unhealthy practice. Plus, no one ever thinks at 18-25 about how stupid it’s going to look when you’re 50.

    I refuse to date women with tattoos or strange piercings (earlobes are fine; nose is borderline; everything else is a no-no). It’s like a flashing neon sign that proclaims “I’m a slut, and probably am carrying multiple STDs”

  • “Whilst in 2010 the prefecture did generously allow customers wearing full body swimsuits which concealed their body art to make use of its public facilities, it says this resulted in yakuza infiltration and has since tightened the ban.”

    Yakuza’s master plan is to infiltrate onsens…?

  • “Sir, since you have a valid teaching credential, we can let you slide on molesting that little girl. However, it is noted that you have a small tattoo. Therefore, you must now BURN IN HELL!”

  • Obviously the japanese don’t have the balls do kick the yakuza out. So they just discriminate against anyone with a tattoo. “Oh no… we don’t have anything against you, Mr. Yakuza. See, it’s just policy to kick anyone with a tattoo out *smile*”.

    And since it’s anyone with a tattoo it’s perfectly logical to prepare dozen of staff just to have then enough manpower to deal with that one yakuza guy.

  • i’m alright with this. if you want to parade around in public with tattoos, then do it in your own country, instead of someone else’s foreign country. everyone is happy that way.

  • So what happens if the one tattooed has medical tattoo work done? Such as a breast cancer patient, whom had her knockers lobbed off and after had areolae tattooed on over the scar tissue. Sounds like grounds to sue, due to typical shitty Japanese insensitivity.

  • I’m glad I’m seeing a lot of comments here hating Japan and Japanese, I don’t want Japan flooded with weaboos so I hope you guys never go there.
    Yup don’t go there you’ll be discriminated against you guys are totally right, so yeah why not change hobbies and start getting all excited about another country?, pick one, any one.

    • herp derp all of these virgins don’t even have tattoos and they all know riding the YELLOW CAB is the easiest way to rid their selves of their pesky virginity problem. So they’ll app be blowing their wads all over the back seats of those YELLOW CABS. u mad bro?

      • Mad at what?, I know for a fact majority of the Japanese women wouldn’t sleep with some weeaboo that think they can get easy tail. I’m Japanese I’ve grown up discussing this topic with friends, classmates, relatives etc for 30 years.

        90% of them said they wouldn’t sleep with a foreigner just because he’s a foreigner. Way to go!, to think every single Japanese women is a slut…you know, because every single woman out there of any race just sleeps with people because they’re foreigners right?…oh wait.

      • Mad at what?, I know for a fact majority of the Japanese women wouldn’t sleep with some weeaboo that think they can get easy tail. I’m Japanese I’ve grown up discussing this topic with friends, classmates, relatives etc for 30 years.

        90% of them said they wouldn’t sleep with a foreigner just because he’s a foreigner. Way to go!, to think every single Japanese women is a slut…you know, because every single woman out there of any race just sleeps with people because they’re foreigners right?…oh wait.

  • I’m glad I’m seeing a lot of comments here hating Japan and Japanese, I don’t want Japan flooded with weaboos so I hope you guys never go there. Yup don’t go there you’ll be discriminated against you guys are totally right, so yeah why not change hobbies and start getting all excited about another country?, pick one, any one.

    • “including people’s reactions” I just love how you sancom idiots can genralize whole nation on few comments from some douchebags do you think artefact is going to show comments from normal people?No because thats not what you want.

        • Im not anon 08:52 , but I would like to ask anon 04:23 where did you pull China from when this topic is just about Japan. Am I on youtube? Whenever someone post a video about… let’s say, a video about a Chinese made Type 99 MBT tank, M1A abrams or Leopard 2. Retarted people are poured into the comment section and start comparing which country is better, not the tanks. This is why I realize our spiritual and cultural standards are still the same as in middle ages. I really want to live for a thousand years and observe the pattern of mankind. I bet even when we have space colonies and giant robots shooting freaking lasers, there will be not much improvement in this matter.

  • It really pains me to see some of the fascist police state policies that have been creeping into Japan’s society lately.

    Assuming actually wipe out organized crime (unlikely), they my find that freelance criminals are worse.

    • Lately? Japan has *always* been an authoritarian state/society. Most western Japan lovers just prefer to ignore that fact, because it doesn’t fit well with their view of Japan being some kind of paradise for all kinds of weirdos and/or deviants.

    • Its not really anything new, and similir things happen elsewhere as well. Anytime you have a situation where the younger generation begins to challenge the ideals of the older generation, the older generation feeling their authority threatened will do everything they can force their ideals onto the younger generations.

      Which is exactly what these tattoo bans are all about, attempting to force a growing minority of young people into following the outdated ideas of the older generations.

  • lmao who gives a shit if you have a tattoo, its like saying “people who wear clothes from ‘insert-brand-here’ should be arrested! they are evil people!”

    honestly who gives a fuck about appearance, its the personality that matters.

    • Tattos here mean they are members of the MS13 or other Texas prision siyndicate groups of criminals. These are not 1 guy with a boat anchor on his bicep like old sailors in the military used to do they are full middle chest to top of scalp markings you cannot miss. All criminals who have ‘probably’ kiled at least 5 people already and so far have gotten away with it.

    • Keep lying to yourself. Everyone cares about appearance over personality and only a blind man or hypocrite would say otherwise.

      And tattoos, unlike clothes, are permanent etchings in your skin. A bit different really.

      • So call me a hypocrite. Appearance matters /when you first meet someone/ and want to put forth a friendly face. IF you get involved with someone to the point of being in a relationship, you begin to favor personality more than looks as it’s personality that gets you coming back day after day when you’re more than 1 year in.

        So fuck you, mister <20 years old and doesn't fully understand everything yet. I love my girl, she's quite attractive and while I *do* look at that, her unique personality is what keeps me around.

      • Having a tattoo does not mean someone doesn’t care about their appearance. On the contrary, we wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t about apperance. Thank goodness not all of us are programmed to think complete conformity when deciding how we appear to others.

      • I know, right? Ugly people should be routinely executed so that their gene doesn’t mix with the rest of ours. /sarcasm. Discriminating against people with tattoos is as bad as discriminating against a LGBT person.

        • Doragon:

          Hear hear, voice and sense and reason amongst all those sexually immature ‘gays’ that seek ‘equal rights’ to falsely validate themselves on the same level as heterosexuals in all their meanings. Of course gays are free to share their interests with those who share their mutual feelings. However, it is incredibly childish to think that whatever you feel is what should be, and demand that you be treated in ALL WAYS the same as heterosexuals when yours is just that: sexual preference with much less wide-reaching implications than heterosexual couplings.

          It is a sexual preference, but in today’s society where ‘following your feelings = good, anything that makes you feel uncomfortable = bad’ mentality, the ‘gay’ crowd seems to be confused into thinking their sexual preference somehow puts them in the same level as that of normal couples whose relationships serve more than mutual erotic feelings. To outsiders, the way these idiotic gays go on about ‘equality’ and ‘treat us like normal’ looks very much immature and sexually confused, only allowed because rest of society ‘liberally’ allows one to confuse their personal feelings as the standard to which a society must revolved around (LOL).

          The only fucking idiots are the ones who think whatever they feel is what should be.

        • @Anon 08:49

          Actually, although natural (non-human, animal) “gay behavior” exists, it is exactly that, a one single behavior out of many others an individual can have/demonstrate. This includes the heterosexual behavior, meaning an individual labeled as “having gay behavior” does not mean that individual is gay.

          Hearing about animals that demonstrate gay-behavior should not be confused into thinking those animals have an exclusively-gay-behavior. Most of those species have a predominantly heterosexual behavior, and even the individuals mentioned as showing gay behavior are, in the uttermost of cases, actually BISEXUALS. (both gay and hetero)

          The simple fact is, except for species where individuals can do both roles, an exclusively homosexual behavior leads to having no offspring; And having no offspring leads to, well, extinction of the gay-prone genes.

          With that in mind, its only natural that true gay behavior in nature is extremely rare. And by that i mean most species don’t have a single one individual that is exclusively gay.

          Now, do you really think humans are any more prone to “natural homosexuality” (“no choice”/”born this way”) than all other species?

          We humans play by the same natural rules, so cases of “natural homosexuality” in humans are as rare as they are to the other species.

          I won’t say “there isn’t a single true gay out there”, because i can’t really say “there can’t be any”; In fact, considering how many humans the world has, I’m pretty sure there in fact are a few “true gays”…

          But by the same token, and by what i just explained, it is WAY more statistical (scientific) to consider “natural-born homosexuality” as an EXCEPTION and “mind-born homosexuality” as RULE than to do the opposite.

          In short, scientifically speaking, it is pretty safe to assume human homosexuality, for the most cases of it, is, yes, result of the individual’s CHOICE for being gay.

          As ever, just to make it clear, I do NOT have anything against gays or any other form of human abnormality. I respect all human beings, independently of they’r color, race, choices or circumstances.

          (Just a remainder on this last part: “abnormal” EQUALS “something different from the rest of the group”. NOT EQUAL “bad”. In fact, every single human in the planet is abnormal to every other human, if you think about it.)

        • I’d say its WORSE that sexual discrimination, and these people sue.

          Though personally, I think this would be an excellent time for the Yakuza to open up a swimming resort that allows Tattoo patrons and jacks the prices up for non-tattoo’d individuals.

        • @Anon 09:06 – I dont know if you mean “can be hetero” as in “the girl can be a shemale trap” or if you actually mean “possible hetero”…

          Either way, you are WRONG.

          T is for Transsexual, in other words, a “shemale” that actually undergone the sex-change surgery (Male-To-Female, or “MTF”) or the reverse case, a girl that is now a guy (Female-To-Male, “FTM”).
          (NOTE: This means ‘he’ is no longer a ‘she-he’, ‘he’ is just ‘she’…Not a “shemale”, just a “T-girl”.)

          With that in mind, you can still consider “T” for “Trap”, if you want to simplify.

          L -> Lesbian(s)
          G -> Gay(s)
          B -> Bisexual(s)
          T -> Transsexual(s)

          Side note:
          I personally think a girl must be born girl to be a girl…A transsexual is exactly that, a “T”, neither he’s/she’s original sex, nor the sex they mutilated themselves to “obtain”.

          That, however, does NOT mean I don’t respect them. Being “T” is a choice they made, and they are still as human as everyone else, regardless of they’r gender (or the changes they made to said gender).

  • “I saw a pool in Kawaguchi where a tattooed bunch were just swimming and making merry as if it was totally normal!”

    It is…totally normal. People just seem to overreact to shit that doesn’t matter or affect them at all.

    • Ironically they probably don’t throw out real yakuza because that would involve some level of risk.
      It’s said the laziest thing a politician can due is make a law banning something as it makes it look like they are doing something about a problem when in reality and are not doing jack shit.

      I had to laugh at this post “Yakuza with no money swaggering about a public pool like that! Tattooed people ought to be shot.”
      The real yakuza often have far more money then what a salary man can ever hope to see even if he makes middle management.

  • no offense to all the white people who apparently have tattoos here (good luck if you’re ever going to japan), but tattoos are pretty disgusting. And they aren’t moe at all……

    • I had my corp tattoo and no one ever gave me lip…at onsen or bath or anywhere in fact.

      You ain’t no alpha till you know what it means to not be bothered by petty fears like majority of these japs 🙂

  • “The guys with female companions were the most persistent.”

    You hearing this Japan? You stupid dweebs! Guys with tattoos actually have girls with them. Though on the other side, she probably thinks he some cool gang member and can do cool stuff, like beat people up for money so he can buy her stuff.

  • “How can those Osaka civil servants think it is OK to have tattoos after hearing this!?”

    Better than civil servants (teachers) molesting kids and not getting punished, that’s how.

    • No such thing as ‘molestation’. If the child in question doesn’t want to be touched, they can just tell the person in question to stop or they will tell their parents.

      Molestation is a made-up thing, made to make pedosexuals into a boogie man for society.

      • It’s not a “made-up thing”. Child molesters invariably tell their victims that they will harm them or their families if they “tell”. Children are very impressionable and tend to implicitly believe what grown-ups tell them.

  • I wouldn;t want to hang out with a bunch of pretentious image consious “perfect people” anyhow. Good thing for me, I don;t get harrassed in my own country for not living up to other people’s ideals on how to be perfect. That would make me go crazy.

  • You know whats funny? If they WERE with the yakuza, then they wouldn’t be visiting your shitty little swimming pool. They most likely have their own private pools somewhere where you can’t bother them.

  • Honestly I now have lost much respect for ppl that hate tattoos to this extent. All I see is more and more ignorance how the hell does a tattoo mean there all deviants? I have a tattoo and i have never been in trouble accept by my wife Because i watch to much anime with girls in them nor do i seek trouble. tattoos express ones feelings, thoughts, likes, affiliation and much more not just there deviants, thugs and killers. watch out or they will get you for you clean the dirty bathroom :D. I would understand if the tattoos were inappropriate like murder, rape, incest and extreme nudity not breast showing as i don’t see that as nudity as Nudity or nakedness is the state of wearing no clothing. from Dictionary Is a car, tree, dragon aka water deities in japanese culture intimidating

    • The problem with tattoos in Japan is because of its relation with Yakuza. So if I see someone with tattoo where I am I have no problems but if I am in Japan and I see someone with a tattoo I would rather no hang around him. Of course this doesn’t make any sense if the tattoo in question is of an anime character or cute hearts on a girl but tattoos from skulls to butterflies could be Yakuza marks.

    • One comment caught my eye “This is great, they are getting rid of the ones with ‘fashion tattoos’ too! Yakuza and inked morons ought to keep their skin to themselves!” I read it two ways either disgusted with them getting rid of fashion tattoos and saying get rid of yakuza and morons or saying get rig of both either way if you don’t like it don’t look at it and if you cant not look that way don’t focus on it to see what it is another good one “Children go to those pools. Only homosexuals get tattoos, go to a sauna you freaks!”

      Only homosexuals get tattoos really, based on what?
      where are the hard facts? all i see is someone who is playing into peoples hand that dislike tattoos just to get their praise, votes, media or he just dislikes tattoos so lets pass an unfair law all ppl having tattoos are banned every where publicly soon it will be all ppl with tattoos are banned and shunned every where even at home you all must now commence Seppuku as you have no life anymore hated by all and

    • Wow! Way to use an overused cliché.

      What harm does a tattoo do to any child?

      The kids I teach at school, age 6-16, just wanted to see it. They saw it, said “cool”. Done deal. No child was harmed.

  • “Only homosexuals get tattoos”

    Because Japanese culture is totally heterosexual. Fat men in thongs hugging each other? Dick festivals? Tanuki with huge balls? Cross-dressers? No, not gay at all.

  • “I saw a pool in Kawaguchi where a tattooed bunch were just swimming and making merry as if it was totally normal!”

    …uhh, okay? I didn’t know taking a tattoo somehow made you unable to do that.

        • America and Europe are far from “normal” and I poke fun at the things coming out of both on a regular basis. But the ridiculousness going on in Japan and China are far more entertaining since the stories are so full of immaturity and phobic riddled minds. Western cultures have battled with it in the past, and to some extent still are, but at least they’re trying to make things right for everybody. Meanwhile the Japanese seem to be doing their best to keep the future generations from accepting differences/individuality by imposing discriminatory laws/viewpoints all the while smiling and saying this is right the thing to do. Eventually Japan will break free of their social dogmas, but its going to take many years (and the older generations are going to do everything they can to fight it, every step of the way, in any way they can).

          Now China, they’re just entertaining cause their… everything explodes. Personally, I’m waiting for exploding this and that stories to start coming out of other countries because of all the merchandise that is made in China.

          By the way, not a surprising mistake, since it’s done often, but just because somebody speaks English doesn’t mean they’re from Europe or the USA. Do a short search, you’ll see that the world is much larger than that.

      • Sadly, it seems Japan does not care if anyone who doesn’t conform wants to leave. It seems more like they WANT people who don’t comform to GTFO. No surprise they have a special word “hikikomori” for large subculture of young people washing out & giving up on trying to live up to extreme societal expectations.

    • Ironic really, reminds me of what happened when I flew to Toronto one time.

      Pulled up by the border control because of a tattoo on my right hand, implied I was a criminal and it must of been a prison tat. Cue 2 days later, watching the Toronto local news over breakfast, “over 80% of Toronto airport’s security and border staff are ex-convicts…”

      Cheeky effin’ bastards.