As such, this artistic continuum represents one of the oldest ongoing cultural traditions in the world spanning at least ten millennia. 2013. Tattooing over the entire front of the upper part of the torso with the exception of a vertical strip running from the chest to the abdomen, gave the effect of an unbuttoned vest (p.101). It has been theorized that tattooing practices in Japan go as far back as the Jomon period, and they are known to have also existed among the Ainu people and in Ryukyuan culture (today, Okinawa). According to a recent article in a Japanese newspaper, tattoos and body piercing are regarded as an ultimate fashion, a form of self-expression and a physical transformation of the body in Japanese youth culture (The Daily Yomiuri, 1994). Their tattoos were completed by the time they reached marriageable age. Clay figurines produced in this period are called dogu. The Ainu, an indigenous tribe from the Hokkaido region, have a longstanding history with tattooing. “History of Japanese Tattoo.” IroMegane. Japanese tattooing was inspired by traditional arts.The brush would be altered to a bundle of tattooing needles. (Ballu, 1945: 131). ), clay figurines were found with marks historians thought to be tattoos. With the arrival of Western forces in the nineteenth century, Japanese officials cracked down on tattooing in order to maintain a civilized and clean image. 2016. Iizawa (1973) and Tamabayashi (1956) report that the custom of tattooing is also found among Samurai warriors in the sixteenth century. At this point in time, Japanese ancestors, together with the local Ainu (a set of indigenous tribes that lived in Japan) used tattooing as a part of their spiritual rituals. Moreover, Kaplan and Dupro (1986) point out that the nature of the Yakuza has been changing. Hiroshima in particular used to tattoo the lines in pieces to complete to kanji for dog, with each lines representing a different crime. Some women started when they were 5 or 6 years old. Although only the Ainu women’s tattoos were mentioned in most cases, it was also reported that the men were tattooed in some regions (Takayama; 1969, Yoshioka; 1996). I’m trying to figure out if the print artist Portrayed the warriors with tattoos first, then the people wanted to look like them, or the artist were painting what was, already tattooed people? Morse’s intellectual interest was aroused by all kinds of things and manners Japanese. In those days, taxes were paid with the staple food of rice. They are estimated to date from dated the fifth century B. C. (Richie,1980). While the purpose of this penalty was to identify criminals and repeat offenders, tattooing as punishment became a vicious circle. During the Yayoi  period (300 B. C. ~ 300 A. D.) clay figurines with tattoo markings were also found (Yoshioka, 1996). The clients were mostly samurai, but they were gradually replaced by townspeople (Nishiyama, 1997). Sep 1, 2015 - Explore Kala Patthar's board "Jomon" on Pinterest. See more ideas about jomon period, ancient art, ancient pottery. Common people were forced to wear only plain clothes. The first principles, the Five Articles Oath, had been already enunciated in April, 1868. There was rivalry with the superior class. Tattoos, even those of certain tribes like the Ainu, were prohibited in 1872 as a way to appear civilized and sophisticated to the rest of the world (6). However, the permanent fashion does not entirely satisfy every customer. Many prominent art works were produced, and chonin bunka, culture of the townspeople, was fully developed in this period. Filial piety is one of the important elements of Confucianism, consisting of filial duties to parents, such as obedience, responsibility, and loyalty (6). The first written record of tattoos in Japan was from 300 A.D., found in the text History of the Chinese Dynasties. In particular, he seems to have been strongly impressed by the fact that the Japanese often lived in a semi-naked state. With the rise of the Yakuza population and criminal activity, negative association between the two began to arise due to longstanding beliefs of tattoos and criminals. Interestingly, Ieyasu also quotes the Confucian doctrine.Kung-fu-tze also said: “Body, hair and skin we have received from our father and mother; not to injure them is the beginning of filial piety. Since tattoos were illegal, getting one made them outlaws forever. (copyright 2000 by Mieko Yamada). If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. For this reason, ordinary people became afraid of tattooed people. The people who live completely opposite points of Japan have something in common. The Japanese government first tried to outlaw Ainu tattooing in 1799 with little luck, but passed stronger ordnances in 1871 with the arrival of Westerners. The Ryukyu tattoos, on the other hand, were done on only the back of the hands, including the fingers, the wrists and the knuckles. Utagawa Kuniyoshi, theukiyo-e artist, illustrated the Suikoden in 1827 and it gained popularity among townspeople. After the first geisha, Kasen of Ogiya, made her debut in 1762 (Akiyama; 1937, Fujimoto; 1915), the number of geisha increased rapidly. For others, the irebokuro was perhaps just a tool to please and keep their customers, and thus to succeed as a highest ranked courtean. In western style, the designs usually do not have a shaded background,  but the Japanese style has such a background. A big difference between Western and Japanese styles is a background of designs. As one of their greatest trademarks, tattoos are a sign of strength, as a traditional Japanese tattoo takes quite a while to complete. “Supreme Court upholds Osaka citys tattoo check on workers as legal.” The Japan Times. Dating back to the pre-historic Jomon period (roughly 5,000 BCE), the art of irezumi – which literally means “injecting ink ( zumi )” – has a long and complicated history. The most crucial shift was the practice of tattooing as a form of punishment in 1720 (Nakano; 199u, Tamabayashi; 1956, Van Gulik; 1982), which replaced the amputation of nose and ears. “Soap” refers to a bathtub or bathroom. Angel Kearns is a graduate student in the Applied Sociology program at Old Dominion University. Japanese Tattooing from the Past to the Present Required fields are marked *. Tamabayashi (1956) illustrates typical shapes, patterns and designs of the full body tattoos in detail. Love was a kind of art for art’s sake, an exquisite piece of theater (Ian Buruma, “The Art of Prostitution”, in Behind the Mask, 1984:78). So they turned to tattooing instead. A woman gave a written pledge to her lover. Pictorial tattoos first appeared after the Horeki era (1751-1764) (Iizawa; 1973, Nakano; 199u, Tamabayashi; 1956, Van Gulik; 1982, Yoshioka;1996). Probably, tattooed people were often seen as well. Amongst merchants, who were also a part of the townspeople, the practice of tattooing was rarely seen. Edo period (McCallum, 1988: 134).There was perhaps social pressure in those days. You Can Download Videos Here. However, this information is not clearly confirmed. The fashion in the entertainment world affects Japanese youth culture. Many Japanese tattooers and tattooees gathered in Osaka for a photograph convention held by a magazine publisher in April, 1999 (Mori 1999). By disrespecting the body with tattoos, one is breaking social codes of respect and obedience. Between 600 A.D. and 1600, there is little literature regarding the custom of tattooing. Many traditional tattooists also use tattooing machines, but in a traditional way. Chinese visitors observed and remarked on the tattoos in Japan (300 BCE). In some parts, both men and women got tattooed, but in others, only women had tattoos. Is there any manner you possibly can remove me from that service? Tamabayashi (1956) illustrates typical shapes, patterns and designs of the full body tattoos in detail. Van Gulik (1982) refers to one of the tattoo patterns as munawari. Sailors, from the highest to the lowest ranks, got tattooed when they arrived in Japanese ports. Because of increased law enforcement, the yakuza have lost many their sources of income. Jomon Period Jomon people began inking their bodies with traditional Japanese tattoos, irezumi (入れ墨), in the Jomon Period (10,000 BC-300 BC). “Forbidden Ink: Japan’s Contentious Tattoo Heritage.” The Diplomat. She stabbed her elbow or thigh (Fujimoto, 1915: 129). When he was young, his boss had forbidden him to be tattooed on the grounds that fashions change (p.77). This phenomenon made other people feel frightened and they came to see any tattooed person as a criminal or evil. Therefore, showing tattoos was perceived as a threat to society. Yoshimune became the eighth shogun in 1716, and began to reform the policy. Due to the ever-growing restrictions and shutdowns of Japanese tattoo shops, many artists are laying low and operating on an appointment only basis (3). It is a shame that something that is such an expressive way to show yourself is frowned upon by people. Tattooing then applied bokashibori, shading, proceeding from the ink painting techniques. In the 1650′s woodblock printing began to translate the ukiyo-einto widely available books (Smith, 1988). Tanizaki’s work was originally conceived in a contemporary setting, but later placed in the. The most popular figure in the Suikoden wasKyumonryu Shishin, who has tattoos of nine dragons. In 1614, shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu banned Christianity, declaring Japan is a country of the gods. Many major employers still ban employees from having tattoos, even if they are not visible (2). According to some scholars (Richie; 1980, Van Gulik; 1982), tattooing was used to mark and distinguish the social outcasts. The Kojiki(712 A. D.) mentions that there are two types of tattoos. Images are graphically designed on the computer and made into a transfer for temporary tattoos. To mark oneself is an insult to not only god, but to their mother and father. Tamabayashi (1956) and Van Gulik (1982) state the Joei Code issued in 1232 mentions penal tattooing. Ieyasu’s proclamation against Christians clearly states that Japan is the country of the gods. Besides, there were many jobs in which the workers exposed most of their bodies: rickshaw men, fisher people, firemen, ama (women divers) or carpenters were all semi-naked or naked. Tattooing in Japan can be traced back to the Jomon and Yayoi periods (14,000 B.C. According to recent reports (Asahi shinbun, 1997), many Yakuza try to remove their tattoos and have operations to replace missing fingers in order to return to mainstream society. The sense of iki was raised from resistance towards social restrictions and pressure in those days. In Masuda’s case, as well as many other tattoo artists throughout Japan, their craft and livelihood is in constant danger. Long ago they decorated their bodies in order to protect themselves from large fish. Japanese tattooing, or irezumi (入れ墨), is said to have originated in the Jomon Period (10,000 BCE-300 CE). (9) Yasuka, Author. The ukiyo-e are pictures of “the floating world,” mainly depicting the landscape, people’s daily life including entertainment such as kabuki-plays or the pleasure quarters. Ainu girls were first tattooed when they were 10 to 13 years old. Evil customs of the past shall be broken off and everything based upon the just laws of Nature” (p.150). During the Tensho era (1573~1591), the samurai soldiers of the Satsuma clan (now Kagoshima region) were tattooed with Japanese characters on the upper arms. The Japanese have many social rules around bowing, eating, conversation, and politeness that help shape their everyday lives (9). He gives an example of the American zoologist, Edward Morse’s(left) work, Japan Day by Day (1917). Tattoos in Japan are stigmatized mainly due to ties with the Yukuza, or gangs, and filial piety. Females tend to be more keen on fashions than males, and tattooing is accepted as a fashion among Japanese women (p.195). (5) Mitchell, Jon. The Tokugawa government had financial problems. The majority of tattooed people were townspeople, especially scaffold constructors, rickshaw men, and gamblers. It does not mean that ukiyo-e ignores eroticism, but rather, it is free of erotic content (Michener, 1954). (http://www.vanishingtattoo.com/tattoo_museum/chinese_japanese_tattoos.html). The Ryukyu tattooing symbolized religious beliefs, sexual maturity, indication of marriage, body adornment, distinction of sex, and tribal customs. The cultural code is still a big part of Japanese ethics. The tattoo became a mark of punishment, used by the authorities to ostracize the outlaws from society. Markings on some haniwa are regarded as patterns of tattoos. The Meiji Restoration (1868) marked the beginning of modernization in Japan. According to Yoshimune’s code, robbers as well as murderers were sentenced to the death. One of the biggest changes was frugality. The life-style or status of women was based on Neo-Confucian ethics. Ainu women with tattooed mouths, ca. Jomon means “pattern of rope.” Many ceramic pots with markings of rope were found in that period. Of its many artistic traditions, perhaps the one the Japanese are most conflicted about is irezumi, or the art of tattooing. Tattooing is no longer used as either a test of strength or a sign of solidarity among the Yakuza. Japanese tattooing used to be done by hand. This concept was familiar in the West but was also known to the East in fundamental Confucian and Taoist thought (Morton, 1994: 150). They lived for the moment : “the fleeting moment” (Williams, 1983: 1). For example, the designs of this style are flowers, animals, cartoon characters and much else, and such tattoos are usually done by machine. Ryukyu tattooing was first mentioned in 1461. However, it seems to have acquired negative associations, perhaps from the middle of the period (McCallum, 1988). Later, the Chronicles of Japan, the Nihonshoki, was complied in 720 A.D. Tattoo wearers took more time for a bath to show their tattoos proudly. Naked bodies appeared to Morse’s eyes everywhere in the Japanese landscape (pp.259-260). Many artists still work to keep the tradition alive, even if tattoos are still largely kept out of sight. The wealthy townspeople surrounding him were not worried about future salvation but rather enjoyed their materialistic, temporal existences and those pleasures appealing directly to the senses. Japan’s goal was to become a member of the leading nations as a civilized and sophisticated country. (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/14/national/crime-legal/supreme-court-upholds-osaka-citys-tattoo-check-workers-legal/). I really wasnt aware that visible tattoos got you i trouble or made people look at you differently. Their history dates back over 300 years. This probably resulted from the prevalence of Confucianism among the samurai and the merchants. The patterns of the Ainu tattoos are related to their tribal clothing. The meaning then shifted to mark criminals as well as those lower on the caste system, ensuring that these individuals wo… Irezumi and japan have always fascinated me. Too much learning was thought to spoil a girl’s character, but in the middle and upper classes some education was approved, in literature, music, and handwriting (p.89). “Proper Behavior and Manners to Observe in Japan.” KCP International. Tosabayashi (1948) presents the study on the patterns of the Ainu tattoo in detail. Some soap jos want to be covered with tattoos for their job. Afterwards the culture moved away from tattoos well until the Edo Period when it came back in a very different way. Tattooing in Japan used to be dominated by males, but the tattooed female population is increasing. With the availability of decorative cover-ups, criminals were able to hide previous tattoos given due to offenses. Besides, the image of a dragon was considered to summon water, and was popular among firemen (Tamabayashi, 1956). Kidnappings were frequent occurrences in the Ryukyu history and the Ryukyu people knew that the Japanese disliked tattooed women (Haring, 1969). Tattoos were often used in practical manners such as protection symbols or identification. This poses problems though, as natives still frequent traditional hot springs and may not be comfortable seeing tattooed guests. The government regarded tattooing as a sign of barbarism, and in 1872, prohibited all tattooing, including the tribal tattooing by the Ainu and the Ryukyu. ), when clay figurines … When we go to see a yakuza movie, for instance, the tattooed yakuzaoften show up. The first stage of the pictorial tattoos was relatively small, and the designs were family crests or evil images such as a severed human head. This gave rise to the association with tattooing and organized crime, particularly the Yakuza (1). The customers are able to wear real photo-like tattoos. Jomon pot. The Jomon to the pre-Edo period Semi-nakedness was a natural part of the landscape in Japan at that time. The development of the art of ukiyo-e changed the style of Japanese tattoo. Our new site is long overdue and we welcome your feedback as it evolves. Several authors (Fujimoto; 1915, Tamabayashi; 1956, Seigle; 1993, Van Gulik; 1982) cite examples of the geisha’s behavior. Tattooing became legal again in 1948, but the stigma around the art remains to this day (5). The temporary tattoo is an attractive item for Japanese teenagers. The Japanese government banned tattoos in 1872, as while the practice had risen as an art form, tattooed marks were still used as a punishment. Nomura (1990) also mentions that there was a travelogue which naked peasants showed up in the early modern times. Peasants and artisans were a higher status than merchants, because they contributed to the country as producers. She says that people are scared of her tattoos after discovering them on her body. In 1948, the prohibition of tattooing was lifted. Chu Hsi emphasizes human relationships in the Five Human Relations: between father and son, ruler and subject, husband and wife, older and younger brother, and friends (Sansom, 1963). It does not effect them and it is your own body so I do not see the point of being so strict with body modifications. In this period, hilly tombs in many places were made, and the clay figures in the shape of dolls, horses and huts were also found in the tombs. Hiler (1929) also states that tattooing in Japan was substituted for clothing: “In Japan nothing immodest is found in the fact that the sexes bathe together in a state of absolute nudity, but any representation of the nude in art is considered indecent (p.5). The characters of the heroes in the Suikoden are full of chivalry. 2016. In 1614, he banned Christianity. In 622 A. D., an envoy of China recorded the custom of Japanese tattooing in Zuisho. The attitudes towards the one-point tattoo and the full body tattoo are, more or less, different. The origin of tattooing in Japan has been traced back to the Jomon period (10,000 B. C. ~ 300 B. C.). پس از دریافت یک مشاوره و راهنمایی از کارشناسان ارز دیجیتال خود را خریداری و در بازار های ارز های دیجیتال سرمایه گذاری کنید . As such, this artistic continuum represents one of the oldest ongoing cultural traditions in … They are fond of diving for fish and shells. The Ainu tattoo is also used for protection from the atrocities committed by other tribes. I think this is a very interesting article that uncovers a lot of what I did not know about tattoos and their role in the Japanese society. ”Soapland” is a place which men come in and choose a bath girl to have sexual pleasure with. Tattooing was similar to the pledge letter. Michener (1954) explains that ukiyo-e avoids nakedness and foregoes slick suggestiveness (p.202). Both males and females did not care about being naked in public. It is called sujibori, outlining. Throughout history, tattoos have been used to symbolized persona who have committed crimes, with the earliest record found in 710 AD. 2016. The custom of tattooing in Japan is described in the third century Chinese  history,Gishiwajinden,  which is the oldest record mentioning Japan. There are a number of sites that reported on the exhibition, and both the photographs and tattoos are stunning. Whereas many Western countries have come to accept tattooing, Japan is still enforcing negative stereotypes and traditions to not only it’s people but to foreign visitors. Irebokuro was a reminder for lovers, and showed a vow of eternal love. It is the story of a young tattoo master and a beautiful girl. Romantic love, personal preference, and unconstrained social contacts between men and women were therefore usually sought in the entertainment quarters (Van Gulik, 1982: 21). Japanese tattooing, or irezumi (入れ墨), is said to have originated around 10,000 BCE-300 CE, during the Jomon Period. Irebokuro originated among the yujos, or legal prostitutes. Many scholars state that the design of Okinawan tattoo is similar to the tattooing style in a part of aboriginal Taiwanese (Yoshioka, 1996). He set the rigid social system and divided it into four classes, shi (samurai warriors), no (peasants), ko (artisans) and sho (merchants). There is no doubt that Kuniyoshi’s illustrations of theSuikoden had an impact on tattoo designs. Contemporary tattoo style evolves from the West. The origin of tattooing in Japan has been traced back to the Jomon period (10,000 B. C. ~ 300 B. C.). The Geishas and the Yujos made up strange customs to keep their clients. Nakano (1988) reveals how tattooing is viewed in Japanese society. It is very interesting to play playing cards with everyone. However, technically, sex activities are not involved with this business. 4. Tebori , tattooing by hand, requires special technique, and only a few traditional tattooists can offer tebori. Tattooing was born out of a sense of competition. Official bans were not lifted until 1948, but many fear the Japanese have forgotten their tattooing history. The limited materials in Japan led to the development of sumie or suibokuga, monochrome ink paintings, and influenced the revival of tattooing. 1. The idea of the full body tattoo comes from samurai warriors’ costumes called jimbaori, a sleeveless campaign coat (Iizawa, 1973). During the Edo period, prostitution was under the supervision of the Tokugawa government. Tamabayashi also mentions irebokuro in homosexuality between priests and young boys. A magazine article describes the current tattoo situation. Japanese tattooing, or irezumi (入れ墨) has quite a lengthy history and culture and is said to have originated in the Jomon Period way back in prehistoric/ neolithic times, although the Japanese tattoo that we are familiar with these days grew from the Edo period (1603-1868) when tattooing in Japan also became illegal. In the 8th century, men has used tattoos around their eyes. His work is still used as the basis of tattoo designs today. Individuals who received tattoos were often ostracized from their friends and family as well as being denied all participation in community life. According to Burchett (1958), Hori Chyo had tattooed many British aristocrats, including the Duke of Clarence, the Duke of York (later, King George V), and the Czarevitch of Russia (later, Czar Nicholas II). There were many fires in Edo city through the Tokugawa period (Nishiyama, 1997), and the system of firemen was well developed. Adoption of the new western clothing drastically changed Japan’s daily landscape. Many traditions and views of tattooing have been passed down over the centuries to directly affect views of people today. The townspeople were also forced to lower their standard of living. Tattoos were seen as a form of punishment that branded a person for life and a variety of different symbols existed (6). We’re not a tribe.” (Vollmann, 1999: 78). Japan actually has a very old tattoo culture, probably since the Jomon period. According to Tamabayashi (1956), the major group of people who accepted irebokuro was the yujos, and the second was the geishas. orders in Japan during the early nineteenth century, and Kuniyoshi’s warrior-prints were extensively used as designs for this minor art (Robinson, 1961: 21). However, some scholars consider the description of tattooing in theZuisho of 622 to be the oldest record of the Ryukyu tattoo even though this information is still speculative (Yoshioka, 1996). Historians found famous clay figures from the era with faces and bodies adorned with tattoo imprints or scarification. Tattooing is treated as a body art and is gaining popularity among young people. Nakano (199?) The samurai had their favorite patterns on the back of the jimbaori. The characteristics of this style included the use of gradation and the strength that black ink and a paint brush make. At the same time, they had to know how to erase tattoos. n.d. “History of Tattoos and Tattooing in Japan.” Tattoo History . The extreme form of love was shinju, double suicide. Your email address will not be published. (https://www.kcpinternational.com/2017/10/behavior-and-manners/). Following Japan’s economic growth, the Yakuza population rapidly increased, and became more often involved in criminal activities. They are professional artists. (7) Anon. It is said that some yujos wore tattoos of their lover’s name and the Japanese character for life (inochi). Before the appearance of ukiyo-e paintings, the technique of ink painting was brought to Japan from China. Morton (1994) states: “Article 4. So erotic drawings never depict naked people and erotic women are never nude. While Western drawings were used in a wide range of materials, Japanese drawings were invariably executed in brush and ink. Finger and hair-cutting, and nail-tearing were more serious tokens than tattooing one’s name because they were obviously visible. Royals such as the Duke of Clarence, the Duke of York, and the Czarevitch of Russia received tattoos when visiting the island, helping being the art overseas (6). Since the Act for Prevention of Unlawful Activities by Boryokudan (syndicate) members was passed in 1992, the influence of the Yakuza  has weakened. Nomura’s article, “Remodelling the Japanese Body” (1990) provides answers to this question. Van Gulik (1982) refers to one of the tattoo patterns as munawari. The position and size of the designs vary according to the rank of individuals…. My question is whether the purpose of the Japanese tattoo is to hide the naked body because nudity is embarrassing. The yakuza are notorious Japanese syndicate members. Unlike the full body tattoo, the one-point tattoo is more acceptable as a fashion trend among the young in Japan. “Behind the Japanese court ruling that tattoo artists need to be qualified doctors.” The Conversation. With the rise of yakuza movies came a public fear of tattoos. Soldiers wore armor and had other identifying belongings, of course, but scavengers often stripped dead bodies on a battlefield , which made identification difficult. really great post sir ….good work. The Chinese legendary story, the Suikoden, the “Water Margin”, affected the tattoo designs. The Ainus were tattooed on the face as well as the back of the hands and arms. I was not aware that they were deemed so socially unacceptable. For example, the simple exposure of private parts is not immediately connected with coquetry (Nomura, 1990: 262). 5. The images were first illustrated in color prints. Urmăriți dramele de top și celebre din România cu subtitrările. In the Jomon period (around 10,500 B.C. Rome (1975) refers to the modern yakuza as the title “The Tattooed Men,” and describes a typical scene in a yakuza movie: There is a gambling scene where somebody cheats, is discovered, the kimonos are dropped from the shoulders revealing tattoos (cheers from the audience), swords appear and blood is spilled.” (p.213). By the end of the seventeenth century penal tattooing was replaced by other forms of punishment due to the rise in decorative tattoos. The influence of the ban on tattooing spread to literature. “Japans Problem with Tattoos.” Kotaku. Irezumi, also called horimono, has gone in and out of cultural favor in Japan, and … Suntem aici pentru a vă oferi actualizările periodice și Episoadele la timp, cu rezultate video de cea mai bună calitate ClickSud. In those days, people did not have a bathtub at home. The Jomon Culture in Japan is one of the strangest Prehistoric cultures in the world. Criminals of Japan getting face tattoos as a form of punishment. This teaching has been carried on even today, as aspect of obedience and responsibility lay within criticisms of tattooing. Tattooing is not practiced in every Ryukyu island. “Soapland” refers to the bathhouse with the brothel. Tatuu is a Japanese-English term, coming from the English word, “tattoo.” Japanese often use tatuu instead irezumi or horimono . In 2012, the Mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, issued a voluntary survey for city officials in order to gauge how many were tattooed, where they had it, and what it was. Wow Amazing History of Tattooing in Japan. 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