Thanks for all your comments. It was really nice to see comments both from new people and from others who we haven’t heard from for a while.
I think the idea of just writing one comment each per week was interesting, and it is definitely easier for me to give feedback when we have a lot of short comments from different people. Having said that, it would be nice to have some discussion as well, so I was thinking that maybe next week we could try one comment per day instead one per week just to see what happens. That would give people a chance to discuss the issues without the exchanges developing into long, complicated conversations. What do you think?
On the subject of tattoos, I have always thought it would be nice to have one on my upper arm, but I never got one for two reasons. The first is that I love onsens, so I don’t want to do anything that might get me banned. The second is that I am too chicken! I would probably end up telling the artist to stop halfway through, which would definitely not be a good look.
Tsuneko’s comment was particularly interesting for me because when I went to Australia last year, the thing that surprised me most was the number of young girls who had tattoos. I don’t have anything against tattoos, but I don’t think that children under the age of 18 should be allowed to have them. Maybe I am just being old-fashioned, but I don’t think that someone who is 16 is ready to make a decision about something that will stay with them for the rest of their life.
As for the Osaka case, I don’t think that a person’s tattoos should have any relevance to an employer unless they affect his or her ability to do the job. Having said that, I read in the article that a child had seen this particular woman’s tattoos and been scared by them, so it’s not a straightforward problem. Generally speaking, Western people tend to think that employers have no right to say anything about their employees’ private lives, but I know that is not the case in Japan.
Anyway, here is some feedback on your comments.
I do not get an special feeling form people with tattoos.
I do not have strong feelings about people with tattoos.
I don’t feel anything special as long as they aren’t too much.
I don’t have particularly strong feelings about tattoos as long as they are not excessive.
No, I think that it goes too far fire them.
No, I think that firing them is going too far.
I just think they are a bit showy types.
I just think that they are a bit showy.
So, I don’t have any more bad feeling about it.
So it doesn’t bother me anymore.
I personally think teachers shouldn’t have tattoos on their bodies.
Personally, I do not think teachers should have tattoos on their bodies. (A-Z: negative sentence word order)
Japan is way behind about this matter.
Japan is way behind on this issue. (“Way behind” is a nice expression.)
When she calls me to ask about Chinese characters, I don’t answer because it’s the time she’s planning a new design.
… I don’t answer because I know that she is only asking me because she’s planning a new design. (If you google “kanji tattoo mistakes,” you will find some funny photos.)
No I don’t think so, but like others said, it might depend on what the job is.
“It might depend on what the job is” is very nice.
I become worry particulary when I see young people with tattoos
I worry when I see young people with tattoos
if I am employer and find out that employee have tattoo on their body I might ask why they have it.
if I were an employer and found out that one of my employees had a tattoo, I might ask them why they had it. (A-Z: if/when)
I think it’s acceptable if the tattoo is a little and simple one in fashion,
I think it’s acceptable if the tattoo is small, simple, and just for fashion,
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend, and let me know if you have any questions about my feedback.