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Hello! I've been following this forum for a good long time and enjoyed reading the threads. I also decided to jump in after 27 years and got a tattoo of a crane while on a trip in Japan from Gakkin at Harizanmai in Kyoto. The tattoo itself took around 4 hours outside of the drawing I think. It was interesting and a good bit painful to say the least, though it wasn't too bad until it got near the end when my skin was just sore. Funny enough, it wasn't the needles that was the most painful at that time, it was the wiping the skin every now and then which felt worse. All worth it in the end! Gakkin did a wonderful job and I absolutely love my tattoo.

Here's the picture of my tattoo


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Welcome to LST! That's an unsurprisingly gorgeous tattoo from Gakkin. My wife and I visited Harizanmai when we were there 5 years ago. Everyone from Gotch to Gakkin to Mochiko, the shop gal, was so nice.

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Everyone there were wonderful. If I had enough money again, I would go back to Gakkin to get another tattoo. :) Red-crowned cranes are one of my favourite birds ever, I even got to actually see them in the wild when I went to Hokkaido at the beginning of this trip.

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