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mw775Apr. 23, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
I'm a retired combat veteran. My tattoos document the conflicts and associations that were a part of my life. I got them before coming to Japan. I have been asked to leave an onsen once while actually in the bath...by a young lady who came into the bath area, to me, pointed at my tattoos and made the sign of the X (Hmm, I'm a weight lifter with the body of a weight lifter...).
I was denied access to Gold's Gym in Minato-Marai because I truthfully answered the question about tattoos. I pointed out that mine were covered up and would remain covered in the gym. That did not matter. They now knew I have tattoos. I rejoined, metaphorically, that had I lied, they would have never known thus given me access. Response: Didn't matter. They now knew. I asked to speak with the manager. He wasn't in but I was assured he would be asked. I received a phone call the next day...no go. Ironically, the gym had posters of professional body builders, with tattoos, posted throughout the gym. I asked if they would deny entry to one of them. No answer.
Posted in: Nagano onsen welcomes foreigners with tattoos, as long as they patch ’em up
mw775Mar. 12, 2015 - 09:00AM JST
Tattoo policy. Japan lags FAR behind the rest of the world in this. Yakuza?? Get real. It will be interesting to see how Japan deals with this during the Olympics, both fans and athletes. Check out some of the foreign rugby players here.
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mw775Jan. 23, 2015 - 10:36AM JST
San_Diegan, have you done that yourself?
Combat Veteran, Vietnam (US Army), Beirut (USMC) Desert Storm (USMC), Timor (USMC), Iraq (Contractor), Afghanistan x2 (Contractor)
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mw775Jul. 07, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
They probably saw their tattoos (reference tattoo-adverse Japan)
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mw775May. 27, 2014 - 12:28PM JST
Has anybody who is commenting negatively about Yasukuni ever been there? If not, then how can you INTELLIGENTLY comment on it? It is NOT a shrine to war criminals. Rather it is the repose of the souls of all of those who died for Japan throughout all of its wars, including those of non-soldiers (nurses and some postal workers, for example). The souls of the "Class A" war criminals, executed for Crimes Against Humanity, also repose there. They indeed died for Japan regardless of the (justified) condemnation of the court. It has been a familiar drum beat for China and Korea, who neither understand nor care about the true meaning of the place. Something good to use in their political games.
mw775May. 22, 2014 - 01:13PM JST
So, Ghost rider, you know all about night training and remote bases, eh? And, oh, those "nice weather generals," wow, what an insightful comment! Just which remote bases did you have in mind, here in Japan? And what makes you think those "nice weather generals" exist? In a word, do you have a clue what you are talking about?
Posted in: Court orders SDF night flights at Atsugi base suspended
mw775May. 05, 2014 - 07:22PM JST
Alien abduction on a grand scale.
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mw775May. 05, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
That stops at the onsen door if you have tattoos. Hope they wake up before 2020 Olympics, or Japan will embarrass itself big time.
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mw775Aug. 09, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
This kind of rhetorical question begs the use of 20/20 hindsight. To be truly understood, the question must be asked within the context of the time, information at hand, and the assessment of intelligence that predicted what might have happened had the pursuit of "unconditional surrender" played out as anticipated. It is easy to judge and condemn from the comfort of one's own armchair many years after the fact.
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mw775Jun. 27, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
Unless someone in your family is murdered. I'd like to hear what your response would be to that.....
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mw775Jun. 10, 2013 - 10:33AM JST
For Dennis Bauer: Weather comes in quickly on Iwo To, especially at night. If the field goes IMC (instrument meterological conditions) and the aircraft could not safely land, that would constitute such an emergency. There are a lot of mitigations that reduce the risk however.
Posted in: Amid safety fears, U.S. Navy jets train on Iwo Jima
mw775Dec. 10, 2012 - 10:20AM JST
Is it possible to join the program from here in Japan?
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mw775May. 01, 2012 - 07:42PM JST
For ExportExpert..... "Dick heads with no idea making meaningless laws again." As for your "meaningless" comment, what exactly would you recommend be done....in a democracy such as Australia??
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mw775Oct. 17, 2011 - 12:09PM JST
gaijintraveller you are obviously a regional security expert well grounded in geopolitical reality. Your observation displays and intuitive grasp of the irrational/delusional. Obviously China and North Korea do not factor in your equation. Why aren't you in a government position rather than being just a "gaijin traveler?" That way you can have a real influence rather than posting pre-adolescent drivel.
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Jul. 05, 2015 - 10:20PM JST
"I wanted to see what it would be like to see a train crash, I have…
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Jul. 05, 2015 - 10:19PM JST
So the people of Okinawa are supposed to accept their situation and accept whatever the U.S.…
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Jul. 05, 2015 - 10:09PM JST
So marriage between two robots (non sentient objects, unable to feel love) are accepted and even…
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Jul. 05, 2015 - 10:06PM JST
Wow Noidall, impressive that you know more about gay people than they know about themselves. I…
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Jul. 05, 2015 - 10:01PM JST
Adult Japanese women rejoice! Your prayers have finally been answered. Hello Kitty movie is finally here.
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