Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo

Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo When visiting Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia until September 27, you’re struck by the pure artistry. Photo after photo of intricate, mesmerizing designs, breathtaking colors, and symbolic imagery, one interwoven into the

In Japan, Tattoos Are Not Just For Yakuza Anymore

By Nathalie-Kyoko and Jake Adelstein (Original story appears on the Japanese Subculture Research Center's (JSRC) website.) Tattoos are as Japanese as sushi, samurai and yakuza but in recent years with the crackdown on organized crime (the yakuza), tattoos have become increasingly socially unacceptable while many younger Japanese and people living abroad