Balance, The Doctorin of The Mean(中庸)- Japanese 2 Character Kanji Calligraphy For Tattoo Design

If you are looking for ‘Balance’ in Kanji, then this is the perfect choice for you.

The word ‘Balance’ is a tricky one and you need to be very careful when you translate it into Japanese.

If you google translate ‘Balance’, it will come up with the following words

  • 残高 (Balance as a book keeping term)
  • 平均 (Average)
  • 平衡 (Equilibrium)

I’m assuming that these are not really what you are after.

If you are looking for Balance as in somewhere along the line of Harmony, then 「調和」should be your choice. But if you are looking for ‘Balance’ as in the opposite of ‘Extreme’, then this is the one for you.

Let’s say, on a spectrum, one extreme side is ‘Reckless’ and the other extreme is ‘Coward’, the balance between these two is ‘Courage’ or ‘Valor’

Not only will this phrase impress your friends but also it has a better ring to it than 『バランス』, which is the literal translation of ‘Balace’.

Literal meaning of 「中庸」

Here are the meaning of each Kanji

  • 中 : Middle
  • 庸 : Plain, humble

Not only does this mean ‘Balance’ but also this has a connotation of being ethically right.

This word originates in confucianism teaching and Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, put it  ‘The Doctrine of The Mean’

Is「中庸」better than 「バランス」?

In modern Japanese, ‘Balance’ is バランス (in Katakana, not Kanji ) and it is pronounced just like ‘Balance’ in Japanese sound.

Like it was mentioned above, バランス comes with broader connotations and if you want to be a bit more specifice, 中庸 is a better option.

Also it maybe useful to note that Katakana looks more of cute, adorable, comical rather than cool. Thus not really suitable for your conviction or resolution.

I know that beauty is in the eyes of beholders so if you find バランス cooler, I am not in the position to tell you ‘No, you shouldn’t go for that one !’

What you will get

Each design comes with calligraphy style including line art (Stencil)

Stencil is what your tattoo artist must have to ink the tattoo, as it serves as the outline to trace the artwork onto your skin.

NOTE : the design DOSE NOT NEED TO BE MIRRORED, meaning it should appear on your skin/object just as it appears on the paper when you print it out.

Depending on your purpose,  pick either of these files

  • Medium Resolution jpeg
  • Illustrator Editable pdf

Click the links below to download the demo (examples) .

When you make a purchase, you will be redirected to the download page.

Download and print it out / send it to your favourite tattoo artist.

The design is 100% accurate and authentic. and your tattoo artist does not need to know Japanese.

You can download the file right after purchase and no need to wait.

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Available in 5 different writing styles

You have 5 writing styles to choose from for this design.

each style gives different impressions and I have summarised in the gallery above.

Which format is right for me?

If you are looking to use the design just as it appears and not wanting to resize, then the “jpeg” should be fine.

But if you are looking to

  • use it on a large object and need to resize
  • change the layout / position
    (e.g, vertical▶️horizontal / angled,  etc)

then the “pdf” should be your choice as it will less work for your tattoo artist, meaning costs less.
(You need to check with your tattoo artist though)

Click the link below for more information.

▶️ pdf or jpg ? Which one is right for me?

Before making a purchase

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE PAGE BELOW to avoid buying wrong items and get exactly what want.

▶️Purchasing process


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    December 13, 2020

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