Some positive sounding news to offset last week’s headline about a women being refused entry to a Japanese bath house because of her tattoos.
But Japan will have to learn to accept the ink art, as it is preparing to host the 2020 Olympic Games. For several weeks, Tokyo will host many cultures coming from all over the world, including more than a few tattooed athletes, officials and sports fans.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said last week that private facilities have the right to run businesses by their own rules.
“But with people from various countries visiting our country for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it is important to show respect for and further our understanding of various cultures. We must consider measures that are welcoming to foreign visitors,” he added.
Yes, tattoos are outwardly facing—some more so than others—and some are quite eye-grabbing. So it’s no surprise they draw attention. But they’re also inextricable from a person’s body. When you stare at a tattoo, perhaps you think this is like starting at a work of art in a gallery. It’s not.
Tattoo etiquette is nothing new, there are a number of attempts to address it through guidelines, rants, and raves, which all amount to the same general principle: “Tattoo etiquette dictates that you simply ask the tattooed person if you can take a look at their tattoo and if you can touch it.”
A MAORI woman was barred from a public bath in Japan because her traditional face tattoos fell foul of rules intended to keep mobsters away, she told AFP Friday.
…Theresa Vail’s ink was front and center last night at the first round of Miss America preliminaries. Exposing a tattoo seemed a far cry from the pageant queens of old who came to visit, like BeBe Shopp, from 1948, who once, it was reported, told media she didn’t think bikinis were appropriate for American women.
I have not been happy with the speed of my site lately and my hosting account was up for renewal so I thought it was time for a change. When this post is visible that means the migration to my new host is complete.
Hopefully this change will mean a much faster experience for my readers.
I’m sticking with my old theme for now while I work out some issues with the new design. Stay tuned for a much more modern, brighter and mobile friendly theme…