Woven with flowers leaves and petals it can make for an exquisite tattoo design, especially when done by hand with the subtle shading that is part of the Japanese way of tattooing. The Ryukyu islands are today in Okinawa prefecture, the southern most part of Japan. The tattoo could be the cause of trouble if the courtesans had several different customers. Use of dragons in the Japanese tattoos was often perceived as a symbol of wealth, strength and ferocity.
Even symbols of animals that are scaring and dangerous are often perceived to mean good. This record, Zuisho, shows Okinawa and Taiwan already established trading in those days. Tosabayashi presents the study on the patterns of the Ainu tattoo in detail. The Japanese tattoo below is indeed classic as it covers the entire body with all the work flowing uniformly throughout the entire back.