Tattoos are seeing a resurgence in popularity across Europe and North America. That is all the more reason that travelers from the two most prosperous continents must consider before visiting Japan. Here, tattoos are seen in a negative light due to their historical association with the Yakuza thugs. This disdain in public life originated during the Edo period in the 1600s when criminals were branded with such tattoos. As a result of this association, several marginalized groups in the country began to copy tattooing as a sign of protest. The business innovation of the tattoo artist trade emerged after the occupying American forces in Japan got fascinated by the large-scale body art. Now, it is advisable for travelers to temporarily cover these tattoos.


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