Tattooing among Japan’s Ainu people. Lars Krutak.. Until very recently (the last fully tattooed Ainu woman died in 1998), Ainu women retained a tradition of facial tattooing lending support to the argument that the ancient Jomon employed the custom in the distant past. For the Ainu, tattooing was exclusive to females, as was the profession of tattooist. According to mythological accounts, tattoo was brought to earth by the “ancestral mother” of the Ainu Okikurumi Turesh
Yamaoka Tesshū 1836-1888, aka (Ono Tetsutarō, or Yamaoka Tetsutarō), a famous samurai of the Bakumatsu period, who played an important role in the Meiji Restoration. He is also noted as the founder of the Itto Shoden Muto-ryu school of swordsmanship, which in time gave birth to the modern Japanese style of swordsmanship or Kendo.