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In this series, by using Native American traditional beading techniques, I express a remarkable Japanese tradition, Japanese Tattoo. It is said that the tradition began more than a thousand years ago. Originally tattoo is a symbol of bravery and manhood and is used among artisans, carpenters, firefighters, and gangs. Now a day, mostly those who rule local communities, gangs and firefighters, have tattoos. They have tattoo as their symbols of their spiritualities. Usually, they do not show of their tattoo except special occasions such as festivals because tattoo is for their own spiritualities.
Japanese traditional tattoo is designed with Kimono in order to hide
the tattoo by Kimono. The Kimono in “Matsuri-The Festival”, called Happi,
is a costume for Japanese Festivals, Matsuri. A Festival is one of rare
occasions to show off their beautiful tattoos. Though tattoos, they show
their spiritualities only in their spiritual evens.