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IT IS easy for outsiders to admire those in Japan who sport tattoos. First, think of the pain. The body art known as irezumi is inflicted on a wearer’s torso with wooden needles and charcoal ink. During up to 50 sessions, the irezumi master brooks no tardiness, insobriety or whingeing.
Then there is the lifetime of pariah status that follows. Bathhouses and onsen (hot springs) usually forbid entry to tattoo wearers. So do swimming pools. Men may believe their swirling, ornate body engravings reflect a roguish masculinity. But the worst of it is that many Japanese women disagree. And so body-art narcissism takes place mainly among other tattooed men. Such groups of even innocent men immediately take on the air of gangsters, for yakuza and irezumi are inseparable.
"brass", effrontery, sobriety, brooks no tardiness...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irezumi - CachedIrezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 紋身, 刺花, 剳青, 黥 or 刺青) is a Japanese word that refers to the insertion of ink under the skin to leave a permanent, usually decorative ...
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- Deceitful; unprincipled: Set adrift by his roguish crew, the captain of the ship spent a week alone at sea.
- Playfully mischievous: a roguish grin.
roguishness rogu'ish·ness n.
1 〈船が〉係留してない, 流された［て］, （波のまにまに）漂った［て］, 漂流した［して］(drifting)
cut ［set］ a ship adrift
2 さまよった［て］, 迷った［て］, 混乱した［して］, ふらついた［て］, 定まった目標もない［なく］；見当はずれの［で］.
3 ((英略式))はずれて, 故障して；途方に暮れて；（対戦相手に）リードされて((of ...))
be all adrift(1) 漂っている.
go ［come］ adrift(1) 漂流する.
(2) （本題から）はずれる, 脱線する((from ...)).
(3) ((略式))うまくいかない；〈結び目などが〉ほどける, ゆるむ, ほつれる.
turn ［cast］ a person adrift〈人を〉路頭に迷わせる；解雇する. adrift
adv. & adj.
- Drifting or floating freely; not anchored.
- Without direction or purpose: "The report is about people in their twenties and how alienated and adrift they feel" (Tom Shales).