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    Default Okinawa Tattoos

    Anyone familiar and have pictures of so called "tribal" tattoos of the Okinawans historically? I've searched google and only come up with information on how women had done it to keep from being taken to brothels or how some tattoo the backs of their hands... that's all I really know. Anyone?


    -Harley Martin

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    There is a reference to this practice in the book "Okinawa, The History of an Island People" written by George H. Kerr. To my knowledge, it has not been practiced since prior to WWII.

    Edward Gingras
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    Default Okinawan Tattoo's

    You may want to inquire of Don Shapland Sensei who was kind enough to provide me of a first hand account from his experiences with many elders on Okinawa.

    Andy Morris
    Delmar, NY USA

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