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This is a Press photo from 1937 that has been trimmed down from a larger photograph sometime during its life. On the back is typed the following: “Tattoo / Tattooing. Because they believe that tattooing makes them beautiful many Japanese women endure the painful process without an opiate. They spend hundreds of dollars in this manner. Roto 9/26/37.”

c1870 In the civil wars of the Sengoku Jidai (the sixteenth century Japan), some samurai was tattooed the symbol of their clan on the arm or body. In battle, this method allowed to identify for sure the corpses at a time when the armor was stolen and where we used to cut the heads of enemies ...

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