While Japanese society has always hinged on conformity, its disdain for uniqueness has rarely infiltrated the booming tourism sector.
Except for when it comes to tattoos.
Japan has a long, varied history with tattoos. It’s complex…, but some of that history is connected to punitive tattoos, meted out to brand and punish people for indiscretions… Ideas of filial piety continue to exist in modern Japan, which is why, even today, some people will say that they think getting their bodies inked is disrespectful to their parents who have bestowed said body.
As more and more tattooed Western tourists flock to Japan, the country is now being forced to reckon with its disdain for tattoos but continue its embrace of Western tourists.