What Do Tattoos Symbolize in Japan?

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Itג€™s no surprise that the Japanese culture is full of symbolism. From buildings to food, and everything in between, the Japanese culture is chock-full of hidden meanings. This brings us to tattoos and the vast array of symbolism that can be found in them. While a personג€™s motives for having a tattoo may vary on an individual basis, it is safe to say that many people see them as symbols of self-expression. They are not just for decoration either; they are an important part of a personג€™s identity, if not more so than their name or birthplace.

What Tattoo Is Not Allowed in Japan?

The Japanese have a ban on tattoos of any kind that are considered to be sexually explicit or related to criminal or socially taboo activities. This means no gang symbols, nudity, or anything else that would make a person feel uncomfortable. This type of tattoo is not only prohibited by law, but it is also banned in many societal norms.

Are Tattoos Part of Japanese Culture?

The Japanese culture has a long history of tattoos, dating back to the 8th century. The use of tattooing has historically been seen as a mark of status and prestige, such as in the case of samurai.
Tattoos are one way that Japanג€™s unique culture is passed down from generation to generation. It is also a reflection of important milestones in a personג€™s life, such as when they first held their infant child or when they got married.
Although many people see tattoos as merely decoration, they actually have hidden meanings within them that can be interpreted by those who know what to look for. In fact, according to an article published by CNN on tattoo symbolism, there are six common symbols used in Japanese tattoos: the sun, moon, chrysanthemum flower, crane, dragonfly, and lotus flower.
Of these symbols, the sun and moon are seen as important because they represent change and growth respectively. They also represent new beginnings and protection from evil spirits. The lotus flower symbolizes purity and honesty; it blooms without soil so signifies being pure in spirit and mind.
A dragonfly is associated with rainbows because it flies through nature during its lifespan which can last between two-three years depending on the species. This means that this creature is always changing while simultaneously staying true to itself throughout its lifetime meaning that it is constantly evolving which makes it very spiritual too since it’s always looking forward instead of back at where

What Does Japan Think About Tattoos?

The Japanese have a reputation for being very conservative and traditional, so itג€™s no surprise that their culture shies away from tattoos. However, the Japanese are not against them entirely. Tattoos are more culturally accepted in Japan than they are in other countries, as seen through the number of tattoo shops and tattoo-related events in the country.
Japanese society has a complicated relationship with tattoos. There is no set rule on what tattoos are allowed, but there is an unwritten rule that says you should be respectful when wearing them. For example, it is common to see people with Buddhist or Shinto symbols such as the Yin-yang symbol or kami yashiro (the pregnant woman symbol) tattooed on their body. It is also acceptable for someone to get a tattoo of a favorite manga character or anime character and many people will often opt for a small tattoo rather than one that takes up a large amount of space on their body.
Japan’s very tradition-oriented society sees tattoos as something of an individual expression of self, similar to hairstyles. In fact, many Japanese people have been known to have tattoos done by Westerners rather than do it themselves because they’re too busy trying to keep up with conventionality.>>END>>

Where Canן¿½t You Go in Japan With Tattoos?

While tattoos are becoming more and more popular in Japan, there are still some places you cannot go to with emblazoned across your body. Tattoos are a personal expression of yourself and many people like to keep them private. This means that tattoos should not be seen or photographed during an intimate moment, such as going to the bathroom or changing clothes. You can also find some places that specifically prohibit tattoos, such as hospitals, schools, and dormitories.
Tattoos have a long history in Japanese culture, but they were not always used in the same way that they are now. There is a long-standing myth about the origin of Japanese tattooing; it was created by the Gods so that their people could remember them for eternity. When tattooing became a popular practice among Japanג€™s commoners, it was primarily associated with gangsters and criminals. It wasnג€™t until after World War II when tattoos began to transition from this negative connotation into one of self-expression and beauty.

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Michael Blau

I have been tattooing for over 15 years and have my studio in Brooklyn. While I'll tattoo just about anything on anyone, my specialty is religious tattoos.
I am originally from Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn known for its large Jewish population. This has given me a lot of experience and understanding when it comes to tattoos and religion.

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