|Please ignore my horrible backdrop. I’m packing boxes of Christmas present to mail!|
I finally booked a session to have boudoir photos done. I’m super excited! I’ve been wanting these done for a LONG time. Since I can’t really shop local, I already ordered a bunch of …um, outfits?
Random picture of me and the hubs from dinner Saturday night.
I swear my gut isn’t that big. If so, then I really need to work out before I get those pictures taken!
I went to a water park on Saturday. I posted a pic on Instagram and a conversation was started about their tattoo policy, so I thought I would try to explain. The policy is pretty much, no tattoos. I was aware of this though and came prepared. I wore a tankini so the one on my back wasn’t visible. The only other one to worry about was the one on my ankle. As I was going in, a woman asked me if I had any tattoos. I pointed out the one on my ankle and she asked if I had anything to cover it. I told her I did have a bandage and she was fine with that. My husband wasn’t with us and I don’t know what he would have done. He has a few large tattoos on his arms that aren’t easily covered.
Many Japanese associate tattoos with the Yakuza (mafia). Yakuza members will commonly be covered in tattoos. The younger generation is more comfortable with the western ideas of tattooing, but it is still not commonplace. Many pools, spas, etc. will have signs up that you can’t enter with tattoos or they won’t service anyone with tattoos. If possible, they will let you cover them with bandages or clothing, but if not, you are out of luck. Apparently there are Yakuza members on Okinawa. I rarely see any Okinawans with tattoos. They ones I have seen have all been young women (with Americans) or they’ve been standing in front of a tattoo shop having a smoke break, so they probably work there.
Last year, hubby took me to a spa to get a massage and a seaweed wrap. The hotel we went to actually had two spas. We went to the wrong one first and while we were waiting, I noticed a large sign that said no tattoos larger than your hand. Hubby then stood there trying to cover the large tattoos on his forearms with his hands. It wasn’t working, but then they told us we had the wrong place and the place we ended up going to didn’t care!
I do think they are more lax here than on mainland Japan, but then I would only think that since the Yakuza is more prominent there than in Okinawa. Okinawans also don’t seem to pay attention to anyone’s tattoos. With the number of Americans on this little island, it’s not uncommon to see people with full sleeves or tattoos all over there legs. It’s just not a commonly accepted thing like it is in the States. We are in their country, so we respect their rules.
A good article from The Stars and Stripes