It’s part of the culture, part of the history, whether or not you like or agree with it. I do believe Japan should be more flexible considering most foreigners with tattoos are not associated with yakuza, but hey! Japan is actually working on that, so that’s great. Enjoy your stay. Thankfully we have the internet and can access all sorts of information with it. So I’ll share some information with you: Because of the Husky it’s the most wonderful time of the year shirt cultural and historical roots of the Yakuza in Japan, being a member is in of itself not a crime unlike being associated with a gang in the US, but they can be charged with any crimes they commit. These solutions may have worked in the past, but Japan is growing and being more involved with the world every day. So Japan has to find new solutions that would accommodate foreign visitors. My tattoos didn’t offend anyone. I definitely wore clothing over them in public although not actually.