Finding A Gym When You Have Tattoos In Tokyo

Tattoos can keep you out of large fitness centers and gyms in Japan, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. “I’m usually a fit guy, but I broke my ankle, had to have two surgeries, and then with the pandemic/working from home, I’ve gained a lot of weight. I checked out my three closest gyms with my Japanese girlfriend (kickboxing, Anytime Fitness, and Konami) but they all refused to let me join because I have a pretty big tattoo on my upper arm. I said I’d keep it covered, but they all showed me the door. What gives? Is keeping it covered with a shirt not good enough anymore?” Oh Japan….

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