Tattoo Ban Beach Attendance “Lowest Ever”


Kobe’s efforts to make its beaches more family friendly by banning people with tattoos from being on them appears to have backfired spectacularly – far from increasing visitor numbers with a flood of reassured families as was planned, young people have all but disappeared from the beach and visitor numbers are at their lowest ever.

The city government originally became concerned about “worsening public order driving away families” and, reasoning that young people cause trouble and people with tattoos are bad people, opted to implement a zero tolerance ban on tattoos – no matter how small.

Police patrolled the beach in order to harass anyone baring a tattoo into either leaving or covering up, issuing approximately 760 warnings.

Astonishingly, visitors objected to this treatment and responded by not coming to the beach and finding other things to do instead.

The city had expected its “family friendly” policies to reverse declining beach attendance and increase the season’s attendance from 620,000 last year to 700,000 this year.

Instead, attendance was the lowest ever recorded – some 530,000 – despite a longer than average swimming season.

A raft of other measures to make the beach less appealing to young people were also adopted, including banning the use of loudspeakers at events and shortening the operating hours of beach huts. This helped ensure the number of events held at the beach plummeted from 140 last year to a mere 30 this year.

Local beach businesses say getting the ordinances repealed is “a matter of life or death,” though the city refuses to acknowledge any problems: “By making a wholesome beach families will return, and in the future the turnout will recover.”


They are not alone in their hatred of people with tattoos, it seems:

“Of course, next year the families are sure to come!”

“External appearances are a mirror on your soul! All you tattooed bastards should disappear off the face of the earth!”

“Everyone judges based on appearance anyway.”

“Families can’t enjoy the beach if there are people with tattoos there. Excluding them is a good idea.”

“Tattoos are popular nowadays. People with them like them, they are considered stylish. Gloomy serious bastards without them should stay away from the beach anyway.”

“Even without the ordinance, it was a cool summer, it’s to be expected!”

“So 100,000 people had tattoos? I doubt it.”

“A lot of beach-goers have them. Even if they don’t, if their friends do they aren’t going to go to the beach without them, are they? Pointless moralistic policies like this just cause economic damage. The Kobe city government is a right bunch of idiots.”

“Aren’t they ashamed to have tattoos? If they ever have kids they won’t be able to take them to the baths.”

“Tattooed people can’t have MRI! They will get cancer more easily! What a bunch of idiots!”

“Tattoos are proof you are a criminal. This is Japanese culture. This is Japan, you criminals!”

“Tattoos are fashion items amongst the young these days. If you start trying to exclude them like this, of course they will stop coming.”

“The world view you people exhibit is so narrow you sound like primitive natives.”

“I can’t believe any decent person would ever put ink in their body like that.”

“Did they warn foreigners to leave the beach as well? Surely they didn’t let them off but warn all the Japanese away?”

“I don’t really know, but I get the impression only total idiots go to the beach anyway.”

“Everyone knows people with tattoos are fools and criminals. They should be banned from all public activities.”

“A lot of Koreans have tattoos, so this ordinance is just like killing cockroaches, it’s the right thing to do.”

“If the ones who didn’t come all had tattoos they are better off without them!”

“Be sure to ban pitfall traps as well…”

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    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    03:56 01/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wouldn't want to be the poor cop that tries to kick Revy off the beach for having tats!

    Old two guns might just take out Kobe City Hall and make it look like Tripoli or Damascus!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:31 01/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    now i want a beach episode

    Avatar of coquette
    Comment by coquette
    04:49 01/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That might be the best beach episode ever!LMFAO!

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    23:16 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Naaaah. I prefer Crying Freeman doing that job with his army of 108 Dragon triad. Just watch those Fucking Cop gets blown away from the beach(Just like Team Rocket LOL) with torpedo from his Submarine.

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    Comment by No
    20:55 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hang on, doesn't that mean that they have to redo the Bleach beach episode?

    Also the last (pitfall) comment made me crack up.

    To their government: I'm still not getting rid of my tattoo, you fucking Nazis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yeah w/ her and balalaika in bikinis lol
    (maybe eda too)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pfft, I bet you actually want to see Rock in a bikini.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    04:12 01/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I wanna see that happen :D

    Avatar of Techeese
    Comment by Techeese
    08:42 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    say the magic word:

    FUND IT!

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    18:23 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Revi + Guns in Japan = Unlimited power?


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:56 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Until Golgo 13 shows up with a contract to dispatch of her. Then we just need Gintoki Sakata and crew to have a picnic party on the same beach at the same time of the hit for some wacky moments.

    Of course, Golgo 13 never fail his assignments. ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet the cops ran up and down the beach screaming at hot chicks, "SHOW US YOUR TATS!"

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    09:19 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That sounds dangerously close to "Show us your tits!" doesn't it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    tits, tats, tomato, to-mah-to...

    07:22 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Or Kamina from TTGL or worse yet half the Umineko cast.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or people that got burned, like this girl from baccano.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 01/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If Kobe don't actually remove that "no tattoos allowed in the beach" rule, the numbers will keep on dropping. If I'm in Kobe and a friend of mine had tattoo on his/her body and we wanted to go to the beach but find out tattoos is not allowed, we'd stay away from that beach and go to another one, while recommending others to stay away from said beach. I want to enjoy summer with my tattooed friends as well and they definitely aren't bad people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The tattoo ban is not what is causing the spectacular turnout drop. Most (non-Yakuza) Japanese, as well as most foreign tourists don't have tattoos, and are not affected.
    However, Kobe has enacted quite some other beach regulations, which seem to have as their main purpose ‘making the beach boring for young people’ and that's where the real problem lies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    "Most" foreign tourists might not have tattoos, but a significant portion of them do. According to various research surveys, the number of Americans with at least one tattoo is around 30% or more among those in their 20s, 30s and 40s. All it takes is for someone in your family or group of friends to hear about the ban, and convince the entire group to do something else instead, or as a tourist, to visit a beach somewhere else. That number is likely lower among Japanese locals, but it certainly could be enough to affect the numbers of beach goers to some degree, along with the other restrictions put in place.

    Of course, there are other things that could be affecting visitor numbers as well. The whole tsunami and nuclear disaster that occurred this spring likely put a lot of people out of the mood for beach trips. I can't imagine the bans on things like tattoos helped at all though. You'd really have to compare the drop in visitors with those in neighboring areas to get a better idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:07 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm fairly sure numbers are much lower in Japan, but good point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually almost every second young adult got a tattoo these days and they are actually the biggest part of the tourists in japan. Also the most people that are into visual kei have them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    For giggles, I'd have to ask them if they include tattooed on eyebrows in that ban... since they ARE tattoos by definition. I also recall it was very popular for Japanese women in the 80s and early 90s to get this specific type of tattooing done...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is not actually true. Tattoos are a rarity in Japan, and although some say they're getting more popular, they're still distinctly fringe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know that this is beside the topic here but: There are still people into visual kei out there?

    Comment by Anonymous

    @ Anon 02:50 :

    "...a friend of mine had tattoo on his/her body..."

    You can't determine your friend's gender?


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 01/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The sentence starts with the word "If", it was a hypothetical situation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Attempt to be funny and/or clever: Fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He was making an example I think

    Avatar of Maksu
    Comment by Maksu
    03:24 01/09/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    “I can’t believe any decent person would ever put ink in their body like that.”

    Really? That's almost like saying "I can't believe any decent person would pierce their ears and put shiny metallic objects in them. How tribal! How savage!"

    Avatar of Acerelado
    Comment by Acerelado
    03:42 01/09/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Yeah, hypocrites are too dense to consider what they say before saying it. Therefore they're hypocrites. They should all just die.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    05:10 01/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    But “Be sure to ban pitfall traps as well…” is pure genius!

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    20:20 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wut de heil is with users and all the nekos?

    The pitfall is beaches with lots of ordinances & too many rules, will be ignored/boycotted from all the bad press and stigmatta in gossip and rumors.

    Hell will freeze over before people start coming back in numbers to support local businesses.

    They should have debated the merits of the ordinances longer & seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ah but by saying that they should die for being hypocrites is just being as bad as them, "All you tattooed bastards should disappear off the face of the earth!”
    They have a different culture meaning a different raising in children and different thinking so i understand in a way but be thankful that some of them are actually catching up to the present time and thinking outside the very small box that is Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    d00d I think he was joking, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    there is such a thing as sarcasm ;P

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:29 01/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Remember: we - and 2ch as well - are basement dwelling-fatass-otaku freaks. So, we don't like tatoos or piercings.

    But also we are the least likely people to show at the beach. The ones who actually go are tatooed and pierced jersey-shore grade tanned sports loving "normal" youth.

    Actually, they're also the reason we (or at least me) don't like beaches.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 01/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I know plenty of Otaku with tattoo's its not really that big of a deal.

    Avatar of Lexi
    Comment by Lexi
    15:42 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah Kao, I'm getting a memorial tattoo (my father recently died). I'd be pretty riled up if some shmuck had the balls to say something about a tattoo of initials and dates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get it on your balls. Man up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 02/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah yes, the good ol' '平和' '愛' amerikan japoonese tatoos right?

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    Comment by Kaoshima
    07:35 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I myself plan on getting a tattoo of the infinity symbol, I haven't decided where to put it yet though.

    Am I a bad person?
    I like to think not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    God knows I live close enough to quite a few beaches. I COULD go to them, but I've never really had a taste for sand, sunburn, and the smell of rotting kelp.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I have several good friends with a good amount of tattoos and/or piercings and I'm a "basement dwelling otaku." They're also nerds and have nerd related tattoos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe u are

    I'm ok with tats.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 01/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    >> "I can't believe any decent person would pierce their ears and put shiny metallic objects in them. How tribal! How savage!"

    Yup, completely agree!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 03/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is 2ch we're talking about. To them a decent person would:

    -Hate on Koreans and Chinese whenever they can.
    -Hate on Gaijin tourists.
    -Hate women who aren't 2D.
    -Hate Aya Hirano.
    -Have Magical Girls plastered all over their bedrooms.
    -Love textbooks that cover up their War Crimes.
    -Love bithching about real women.
    -Love blaming everything on the Koreans, Chinese, Americans or any ethnic group for their own problems.
    -Bitch about other ethnic groups pirating Japanese goods.
    -Love Ishihara for his racist views and hate him for his hatred of anime and manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except piercings are just as savage and primitive as tattoos... I don't get the point you are trying to make.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:18 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He was mocking the comments on the tattoos...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I can't believe any decent person would pierce their ears and put shiny metallic objects in them. How tribal! How savage!"

    Agreed. You have my vote for presidency.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    but it's true...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    earings aren't permanent

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can remove tattoos also dipshit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You can remove tattoos, but not the hole where you were pierced...

    Besides the comment about putting ink in your bodies is kinda hypocritical since women already do decorate their skin every single day!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:27 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You do realize that pierced holes heal over if you don't put anything in it for an extended period of time right?

    In anycase, tattoos are far more difficult to remove and can't be hidden as quickly as say earrings can. Not that I think having tattoos make you a bad person or anything, but this is just the reality of it.

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    Comment by Lexi
    15:43 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You get someone who gauges their lip/nose/ears out until you can shove a cucumber through the resulting hole, that doesn't heal up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The hole itself heals, but will leave a dimple on the surface of your earlobe for the rest of your life. It doesn't matter if it's no longer functional, as long as the evidence is still visible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    seconded. its both disgusting

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do you think people don't think that too?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the logic of it says there is no more decent people today.

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