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Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby Hatori » Tue 08.26.2008 9:57 pm

Hiya. I know that tattoos are associated with yakuza. I was reading on another forum that people aren't permitted to enter baths if they have tattoos. I'm not so sure if this source is quite reliable, so I want to hear what you have to say.

If anybody has seen this happen or has had tattoo trouble themself in a bath, please reply! :D
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby chikara » Tue 08.26.2008 10:07 pm

Search the forums for "tattoo baths" and you will find your answer :)
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby Harisenbon » Tue 08.26.2008 10:27 pm

Yup, no tattoos in public baths in almost all cases.
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby becki_kanou » Tue 08.26.2008 11:30 pm

I have several tattoos and I've only once had any problems at an onsen/ public bath. I think it really depends on the place that you go. I regularly visit my local onsen and no one has ever complained or asked me to leave. It may also depend on the type of tattoo you have as well. I have Doraemon and some other cute characters, but if you had a full back 桜吹雪 or 昇り龍 or something it might be a problem.

Also, as someone said in the other thread, as a foreigner you tend to have much more leeway since the real purpose of the no-tattoo policy is to keep out gangsters and as a foreigner you're obviously not a yakuza.
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby chikara » Tue 08.26.2008 11:34 pm

becki_kanou wrote:..... Doremon .... obviously not a yakuza.

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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby Wakannai » Wed 08.27.2008 12:08 am

There's no Doremon Yakuza yet?

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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby Garappachi » Wed 08.27.2008 2:16 am

Wakannai wrote:There's no Doremon Yakuza yet?

ドラエモンの彫り物を見せて、凄まれてもねえ・・・。^^:


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ところで、ベッキーさんのドラエモン、かわいいですね。思わず、笑みがこぼれました。^^
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby becki_kanou » Wed 08.27.2008 3:50 am

Garappachi wrote:>ベッキーさん
ところで、ベッキーさんのドラエモン、かわいいですね。思わず、笑みがこぼれました。^^

ありがとうございます。 :mrgreen:

Garappachi wrote:>下のtatooはもしかして、フラダンスと横綱の土俵入り?

あれはちょっとした親父ギャッグです。下の日付をよく見ていただいたら、気づくかとおもいます。
(こんなバカバカしいtattooを入れるやつはおるか? :oops:
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 08.27.2008 9:34 am

I found that I had more problems at local Onsen for being foreign than for tattoos. In fact I have no tattoos, so it was obvious, that I wasn't allowed in because I was a foreigner and not because of tattoos.. LOL> :mrgreen:
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby becki_kanou » Wed 08.27.2008 10:03 am

two_heads_talking wrote:I found that I had more problems at local Onsen for being foreign than for tattoos. In fact I have no tattoos, so it was obvious, that I wasn't allowed in because I was a foreigner and not because of tattoos.. LOL> :mrgreen:


Where did you go? I've of course heard of Debito's battle with Otaru, but I've never been refused entry to an onsen, (or anywhere else for that matter) on the basis of not being Japanese.
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby Garappachi » Wed 08.27.2008 11:44 am

becki_kanou wrote:あれはちょっとした親父ギャッグです。下の日付をよく見ていただいたら、気づくかとおもいます。

I got it! ・・・でいいのかなあ?
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Re: Tattoo Taboo in Baths

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 08.27.2008 2:46 pm

becki_kanou wrote:
two_heads_talking wrote:I found that I had more problems at local Onsen for being foreign than for tattoos. In fact I have no tattoos, so it was obvious, that I wasn't allowed in because I was a foreigner and not because of tattoos.. LOL> :mrgreen:


Where did you go? I've of course heard of Debito's battle with Otaru, but I've never been refused entry to an onsen, (or anywhere else for that matter) on the basis of not being Japanese.


Tohoku rokken. I think the major reason was that many of these places just had never had foreigners there. I got alot of the uchi ga wakkanebe (uchi go wakkaranai) when I would start to speak. many of these places were very out of the way, so I'd imagine they just weren't used to anything out of the ordinary. And a 6 foot tall kinpatsu gaijin is definately out of the ordinary..

I hold no hard feelings, so it's really not a big deal to me at all. The owners were also never rude about it either. But they were firm in the fact that I wasn't allowed in. So, in respect of them, I would never make a scene either, because that would have done nothing but left a bad taste in their mouth and it would have been the worst thing to do. So, to save face on all accounts I would thank them and go on my way.
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