In Japan, people often associate tattoos with gang members of the yakuza. So, it’s no surprise most gyms and onsen, public hot-water baths, will not accept guests with tattoos on their body. No matter how subtle the tattoo may be or how insignificant.
This causes problems with people who get tattooed simply for artistic or emotional values, rather than membership markings. The no-tattoo rules also surprise foreign travelers who have no stigma against inked skin.
There is now one product to help curb tatouazophobia, the fear of tattoos. Called Foundation Tape, it first looks like slices of beige processed cheese. Once unwrapped, the artificial membrane can cover your tattoo, and stick to your skin, like a large square bandage. Simply press it against your skin and it will stay on. No more need for makeup.
It’s water resistant, making it perfect to sink yourself in an onsen or sweat at the gym, while tattoos go unnoticed.
Now is a good time to take your tattoos where they couldn’t go before.