Because of Yakuza tattoos traditions/culture, some hot springs don’t allow those with tattoos inside.
This is actually where our worst encounter with anti-American sentiment happened
Edit: This post has been misunderstood by a lot of people, and it is a little understandable, if you were to read just this post and not the linked post. Many think that we are claiming that the onsen’s tattoo policy is racism, when in fact it’s certainly not. The “racism” post that we linked to was about being asked to leave for being American, not for having a tattoo.
It’s pretty disheartening to see that this post is becoming popular the way it is. One person took a single line about me being a straight white male and posted it out of context, leading most people to believe that I’m just some asshole complaining about discrimination. They don’t read the source link, just laugh at the white man discovering racism, and reblog it for others to do the same.
If you have a problem with something I wrote, that’s fine. I’d just rather you read the post first.