Topic: Tā moko/Kirituhi

Woman refused entry at Japanese bathhouse because of traditional Māori tattoo

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

A Māori woman is surprised and embarrassed after she was refused entry into a Japanese bathhouse in Eniwa because of her traditional Māori tattoo. 

Erana Te Haeata Brewerton is making headlines overseas after she was refused entry into a Japanese bathhouse called 'Onsen' in Eniwa-shi, Hokkaido.

She's in Japan attending an indigenous language conference, staying with a group of Ainu people indigenous to Japan whose ancestors wore tattoos similar to the traditional chin tattoo.

There are strict rules at bathhouses in Japan for people with tattoos, but the rules have stirred up controversy within their Parliament.

With the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo coming up, the government will be pushing to educate the Japanese people on other cultures.

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