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The traditional tattoo HAJITI okinawa. To the back of the hand of woman

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「ハジチ(針突)」の模様 - 昔に出会う旅

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Figure 6. Photograph from 1919 of a young woman being tattooed with Okinawan hajichi, a practice outlawed in 1899. Source: Saito Takushi, Irezumi bokufu: Naze irezumi to ikiru ka,Yokohama: Shunpu sha, 2005, p.174.[21]

はじち「Hajichi」 Any avid Japan fan knows that tattoos are more or less taboo. However, before the turn of the 19th century, an ancient tradition by the name of Hajichi existed, unique to Okinawa. Women...