Moment #11565 – iD

I met this interesting guy in Ame-Mura the other day with a rather impressive piece of artwork on his head. Despite his somewhat hardcore appearance, he was actually very friendly and  we had a bit of a chat while enjoying our meals at Freshness burger. At first I was a little surprised by this. Back in Australia (and probably a lot of other places too), a person who looks like this is probably not going to start chatting with you at the local burger joint. Is it because, here in Japan, people regard this kind of thing as nothing more than a kind of fashion that only goes skin-deep? The dedication and commitment required makes me skeptical of that explanation. Perhaps it is more a case of the underlying culture and social formality super-ceding any kind of perceived animosity or segregation? Perhaps it is something else entirely.

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2 responses

  1. That is one cool picture. It is actually very difficult for people in Japan to be tattooed and have the same job opportunities as other people. More than Australia where you can have tats or piercings or dyed hair and still have an office job. Often in Japan the people who go out of their way to look different do so because they don’t want to/can’t fit in with the system. Surfers, artists etc are like this and I’ve found their way of thinking is a lot more open and curious than the average company worker. Then again most Japanese people are sweet. Either way, cool shot ^^

    June 11, 2012 at 22:36

    • Ki

      Thanks Vividhunter! 🙂
      And you are right. It is very hard to have even a modest tattoo in Japan. Sometimes gyms or bathhouses will not allow you to use the facilities. And now the mayor in Osaka wants to actually stop people with tattoos working in and kind of job in the public sector!!
      So yeah, it takes a lot of determination to decide to be different in a society which basically condemns individuality.

      June 11, 2012 at 23:51

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