Japanese negative tattooing image and Japanese society (Essay Sample)
This essay is for Anthropology "Japanese Culture" class. I should write the paper "tattooing". In Japan, tattooing has a very negative image and socially banned (even though tattooing is not illegal).
Paper Topic is Japanese Tattooing culture. Japan has a particular point of view for tattooing ( socially negative image). In Japan, people think tattooing is unacceptable. In Osaka, the mayor Toru Hashimoto decided to ban government worker having tattoos and started to check employees of the city. Also, the government decided to require the medical certificates for tattoo artists in recent years. The movement to ban the tattoo deeply related to Irezumi (Japanese Tattoo) negative image, historical and cultural sensibility to see tattooing. I would like to write the culture of tattooing in Japan and how tattoos reflects Japanese society.
Jenni Marsh, Junko Ogura, Chie Kobayashi “Did Japan just ban tattoo artists?” CNN World Web
Tyler Rothmar ‘Japanese Tattoos, History, culture, Design’: The begunner guide to getting inked in nippon’ Japan Times
‘Mayor of Osaka launches crusade against tattoos’ The Guardian
Hashimoto clashes with Osaka officials over tattoo survey Japan Today
Negative Tattoo Image in Japan
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In the world of tattoo art, Japanese tattoos are considered to be the most popular style. However, in Japan, the culture of tattoos continues to be a disgrace. There are many reasons for tattoos being a stigma in Japan. One of the reasons is that tattoos are considered to be linked with criminal world and connected to a Gumi or Yazuka group (Adelstein, 2010). Even though Japan is no longer a Confucian society, they have been greatly influenced by Chinese culture, majorly during the 8th to 12th century. The concept of filial piety is still evident in modern Japan, which is why many Japanese still hold the opinion that getting their bodies tattooed is considered as disrespecting their parents (Hill, 1995). This paper aims to discuss the culture of tattoo in Japan and how tattoos reflect Japanese society.
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