Translated by Hilary Keyes
You Might Just Be Able To Visit A Hot Spring! What Are Tattoo Seals?
Written by Miho Moriya
Tattoos as a fashion statement are slowly being accepted in Japan, but there are cases where you may be denied access to a hot spring, pool, or even public beaches. Here are different ways to cover your tattoos using body stickers.
Tattoos are still seen by many in Japan as being only something that criminals or yakuza have and as such there are many people still who are afraid of people that have tattoos. As a result, it is common for those with body art to be refused entry into hot springs and public baths, swimming pools or even public beaches.
While this is slowly changing, there are many institutions around the country that still have bans on tattoos in place in order to avoid any unnecessary problems that the aforementioned tattoo-bearing types might cause.
However, as tattoos are quite commonplace or part of traditional cultures overseas, and because the number of international visitors to Japan is increasing, the overall situation for those with body art is improving. In some facilities, visitors will be allowed to enter the bath or pool if they cover their tattoos with a seal, or skin-tone sticker.
In this article, we will take a look at three different popular ways to cover tattoos.
1. Tattoo Cover Aqua
Photo courtesy of: ALAE Co.
Tattoo Cover AQUA is a tattoo cover that sticks to the body like a temporary tattoo: you moisten it with a wet tissue or cloth and paste it to your body.
There are four color variations to choose from; from left to right in the photo are extra light, dark ocher, pink, and light. The shade stripe at the top of the sheet indicates the color that it will become when applied.