The Reading / Listening - Tattoos - Level 5

Rugby players with tattoos will cover them up during next year's World Cup in Japan. The sport's governing body World Rugby wants to avoid offending people in Japan, where tattoos are a taboo in public. Tattoos are usually associated with yakuza crime gangs in Japan. Many swimming pools, gyms, bath houses and onsen in Japan ban people with tattoos from entering. However, in 2016, Japan's tourism agency asked onsen and gyms to relax their rules because tourists had tattoos for different reasons. The agency suggested giving tourists stickers to cover the tattoos.



The Rugby World Cup director Alan Gilpin said the teams understood the cultural sensitivity about tattoos. He said: "When we raised it with the teams...we were probably expecting a frustrated reaction from them, but there hasn't been." He said the players want to respect Japanese culture. Players will wear a vest used for watersports as a form of "self-policing". The All Blacks team from New Zealand said its players will comply with the request. It said: "We endeavor to be respectful of the local customs and culture, and this will be no different when we visit Japan."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tattoos - Level 4 or  Tattoos - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45586210
  • https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/missing-ink-wallabies-to-cover-up-tattoos-in-japan-for-world-cup-20180920-p5052p.html
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/09/20/rugby/tokyo-marks-one-year-countdown-2019-rugby-world-cup/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Rugby players with tattoos will cover
  2. avoid offending
  3. yakuza crime
  4. ban people with tattoos
  5. Japan's tourism
  6. relax their
  7. tourists had tattoos for different
  8. giving tourists stickers to
  1. from entering
  2. reasons
  3. people
  4. cover the tattoos
  5. rules
  6. gangs
  7. agency
  8. them up

Paragraph 2

  1. cultural
  2. When we raised it
  3. a frustrated
  4. players want to
  5. a form of self-
  6. its players will comply
  7. be respectful of the local
  8. this will be no
  1. policing
  2. customs
  3. with the teams
  4. different
  5. reaction
  6. sensitivity
  7. with the request
  8. respect Japanese culture

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Rugby players with tattoos (1) ___________________ up during next year's World Cup in Japan. The sport's governing body World Rugby (2) ___________________ offending people in Japan, where tattoos are a taboo in public. Tattoos are (3) ___________________ yakuza crime gangs in Japan. Many swimming pools, gyms, bath houses and onsen in Japan ban people with (4) ___________________. However, in 2016, Japan's tourism agency asked onsen and gyms to (5) ___________________ because tourists had tattoos for different reasons. The agency suggested giving tourists (6) ___________________ the tattoos.

The Rugby World Cup director Alan Gilpin said (7) ___________________ the cultural sensitivity about tattoos. He said: "When we raised it with the teams... (8) ___________________ expecting a frustrated reaction from them, but there hasn't been." He said the players (9) ___________________ Japanese culture. Players will (10) ___________________ used for watersports as a form of "self-policing". The All Blacks team from New Zealand said its players (11) ___________________ the request. It said: "We endeavor to be respectful (12) ___________________ customs and culture, and this will be no different when we visit Japan."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Rugbyplayerswithtattooswillcoverthemupduringnextyear'sWorldCu
pinJapan.Thesport'sgoverningbodyWorldRugbywantstoavoidoffend
ingpeopleinJapan,wheretattoosareatabooinpublic.Tattoosareusuall
yassociatedwithyakuzacrimegangsinJapan.Manyswimmingpools,g
yms,bathhousesandonseninJapanbanpeoplewithtattoosfromenteri
ng.However,in2016,Japan'stourismagencyaskedonsenandgymstor
elaxtheirrulesbecausetouristshadtattoosfordifferentreasons.Theag
encysuggestedgivingtouristsstickerstocoverthetattoos.TheRugbyW
orldCupdirectorAlanGilpinsaidtheteamsunderstoodtheculturalsensi
tivityabouttattoos.Hesaid:"Whenweraiseditwiththeteams...wewere
probablyexpectingafrustratedreactionfromthem,buttherehasn'tbee
n."HesaidtheplayerswanttorespectJapaneseculture.Playerswillwear
avestusedforwatersportsasaformof"self-policing".TheAllBlackstea
mfromNewZealandsaiditsplayerswillcomplywiththerequest.Itsaid:"
Weendeavortoberespectfulofthelocalcustomsandculture,andthiswil
lbenodifferentwhenwevisitJapan."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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