Friday, July 07, 2006

Study Abroad Japan: Japanese Tattoo - references and resources



Want to get a Japanese kanji Tattoo?

Not sure what symbol to get and what they mean?

A good book I am familiar with is Bushido a book about Japanese tattoo's




It shows a range of styles and makes a good reference from which to begin to see the designs, styles and help you put together an image of what you want to get.

Kanji tattoo's are great but Japanese style tattoos are even better

Here are some images of Japanese tattoos from Google

Japanese Tattoo shops index from About Japan
by Shizuko Mishima.

A good book I am familiar with is Bushido a book about Japanese tattoo's




It shows a range of styles and makes a good reference from which to begin to see the designs, styles and help you put together an image of what you want to get.


Tattoo shops in Japan check out Three Tides Tattoo in Osaka, Japan


Japanese tattoos are very cool and increasing in popularity.

Tattoo's are frowned upon by most Japanese who consider tattoos to be associated with dangerous and unsavoury people.(Japanese history, prisoners were tattooed on the head)

If you visit a bath house in Japan with tattoos many local people shun you and management may ask you to leave

People with tattoos are often excluded in Japan from a range of places including swimming pools, gyms and bath houses.

If you live in Japan and have tattoos please be aware of this cultural interpretation.

For example: If you go swimming in a public pool you may be asked by staff to cover your tattoo with band aids. True story it's happened to me on a few occassions.


KanjiStyle.com have a number of characters that are displayed with their meaning.



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