TATTOOED POST RUNNER — Delivering the mail in Old Japan (2) 入れ墨, originally uploaded by Okinawa Soba.
The art of the Tattoo showed up everywhere in Japan — from the Ainu in the North, to the Okinawans in the South. Above photo from ca.1896.
There is some controversy as to whether the tattoos in these hand coloured photographs are genuine, completely added by the colourist, or a combination. Soba, who posted these on Flickr, presents an interesting case for it being mostly genuine, with some artistic license by the colourist. For more information and pictures, follow the link above.
I chose this for today’s photo after doing a search in Flickr with the word “runner”. I started running last week, and though my pace is barely faster than a fast walk, with A’s encouragement I’ve been running close to 5k. My kids are bemused.