Special bath complex for tattoo owners to open in Japan

Published on 04.25.2017 Special bath complex for tattoo owners to open in Japan
When journalist Lauren Hardie decided to attend one of the fitness clubs in the city of Tokyo, she had to sign a very interesting special agreement.
It had to do with a little butterfly tattoo on her wrist. The agreement stated that she gives written guarantees that she is not a representative of the underworld. 
 
In addition, the signed contract obligated her to hide the tattoo under clothes or other apparel. The terms of the agreement also stated that she was to unconditionally and forever leave the fitness club, if one of the visitors complained about the presence of her tattoo.
 
In present day Japan, the relationship to tattoos has become much more complicated, even  compared to the mid 1900s. And this is despite the fact that Japan is almost the main progenitor of the whole modern tattoo movement. Local residents and tourists are faced with a set of rules that prohibit tattooed people from visiting traditional public baths (santo), sports clubs, thermal springs, swimming pools, etc.
 
Today, the average Japanese citizen looks upon the presence of tattoos as if their owner belongs to the criminal world. Yet, again and again prohibitions imposed on native skin painting only reinforce this opinion.
 
State officials are adamant: They do not want to accept the fact that tattooing in the modern world has become only a fashion trend.
 
The story with Lauren Hardie is not the only one. Another example of a negative attitude towards tattooing in Japan was the refusal to the editor-in-chief of All About Japan, Omima M. Miki, to visit the thermal sources.
 
Miss Miki is known to wear a tattoo on her neck, and this is the reason why she was kicked out of the bath complex. 
 
This event birthed the idea for ​​creating a bath complex, which would be free from such prohibitions and prejudices. Omima M. Miki easily found investors for the project, as well as architects and designers who were ready at the initial stage to work without compensation.
 
According to plans, the SPA resort should open in 2019 and will bear the name "Mina Mizu," which can be roughly translated as "water for all." The project manager said, "We will not deny anyone from visiting our baths, even if they decide to decorate all their skin with tattoos!"
 
Also, Omima M. Miki promised that the interiors of the premises of the bath complex will conform to the traditions of the Japanese tattoo school: carp, dragons, kabuki masks, etc., a mini museum of Japanese tattoo art will be decorating the walls of the new bath complex. 
 
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