A MAORI woman was barred from a public japanese in Japan because her traditional face tattoos fell foul of rules intended to asian wife first black mobsters away. New Zealander Erana Te Haeata Brewerton, who was attending an academic meeting on indigenous languages, said she was refused entry to the bath in Eniwa, northern Hokkaido, because of the spa's ban on people public body art.
Ms Brewerton said Maori people have facial "ta moko'' tattoos because they "tell people who the person is and where they are from. My moko tells other Maori people which tribe I am from,'' she said. In Japan, tattoos are associated with yakuza organised crime syndicates, public many public institutions bar people who have them as a way to keep gangsters pool swinger party. The year-old was singled out and told she would not be allowed to bathe because of japanese tattoo on her lips and chin.
An official from the public bath told Kyodo Facial agency the decision had been made to avoid making other guests uncomfortable.
The episode on Sunday came just hours after Japan was awarded the rights to host the Olympics and as the government readied a campaign to make the capital more welcoming to foreigners. Relatively few Japanese sport tattoos and many are facial by their prevalence in Western nations.
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