Simple Word Tattoo Idea For Guys, Samurai Virtue ‘Benevolence’ In Japanese Kanji Symbol
‘Benevolence’ or ‘Compassion’ in a Japanese Kanji Symbol (仁 read Jin) for tattoo is available for instant download. This single word is one of the 7 virtues of Bushido (武士道: The Way of Warriors/Samurai’s code of conduct). It is simple and a meaningful word highly regarded by Samurai warriors. The symbol is available in 3 different writing styles for your preference. verified by a native Japanese speaker, your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.
What is Kanji ?
Kanji is one of the 3 Japanese writing systems. It is a set of symbols that represent words or concepts.
You might have seen those asian hanging scrolls with some calligraphy letters on it like these. They represent themes, values, resolutions, ambitions, and convictions.
Simple, yet meaningful single word for tattoo
While Gi (義 : Rectitude) and Yu (勇 : Courage) can be said to be of Masculine, Benevolence is a tender virtue and and has a feminine nature. The mercy samurai upholds is no different from the mercy of any other people. However, the mercy for samurai who is at the top of the hierarchy, with the power to save or kill, should never be a blind impulse, but must be recognised due regards to justice.
Masamune Date, a regional ruler of Japan, left this famous quote.
“Rectitude carried to excess hardens into stiffness; Benevolence indulged beyond measure sinks into weakness.”
Nitobe, Inazo . Bushido: The Soul of Japan
There is a specific word for expressing this virtue in Japanese, which is Bushi no Nasake (The tenderness of a Warrior)
No Machine Translations = No More Kanji Fail
Japanese symbols are very tricky scripts and many people end up with wrong/awkward kanji tattoos. Even a celebrity like Ariana Grande got it wrong. (I’m glad she’s got it fixed with the help of her tutor and she’s happy with that Japanese script tattoo)
— Stereogum (@stereogum) January 30, 2019
For this reason, it is best to consult a native Japanese speaker beforehand whether the kanji actually conveys the meaning you have in mind.
Bushido virtues gone wrong
Bushido codes are one of the most popular Kanji tattoos. You can find many free images for them on the internet. However, it is not uncommon to spot wrong, not properly written and even severe lack of important kanji, and people end up having those wrong symbols on their skin…
These are the correct Kanji symbols for these two.
Next, severe lack of 名 for Honour and 義 for Loyalty.
Honour and Loyalty has 2 kanji but looks like they are compressed into 1 kanji on another image.
To help people get the right kanji and Japanese script tattoos, I started this online store. All letters here at Yorozuya.tech are verified by a native Japanese speaker, and you can download the letters right after purchase.
There is a button to download the file right after checkout and no need to wait for me to send it to you. Then you just simply forward it to your favourite tattoo artist. The letters are 100% accurate and he/she does not need to know any Japanese. The file contains both calligraphy style and 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 letter DOES NOT NEED TO BE MIRRORED, it should appear just as it appears on the print-out.
PDF or JPG?
As a rule of thumb,
- jpg for fingers, behind the ear
- pdf for arms, chest, shoulder, and other body parts
The script in any download files with ‘One Word‘ tag approximately fits in a 2cm (0.8inch) x 2cm grid and, in general, this size is suitable for finger tattoos and behind the ear tattoo.
If you need to make it bigger for arms, chest, and other body parts, please select the pdf as it is illustrator-editable and resize-friendly. Your tattoo artist can make it bigger without the outline getting blurry.
Nevertheless, please check with the example files.
If you are happy with the size of the letters and not do need to make it larger, then the “jpg” will do. But if you think you need to make it bigger or change the layout, positions, colours etc, then select the “pdf” just to be on the safe side as it is fully customisable to your likings. It might also be less work for your tattoo artist and cost less. (Please check with your tattoo artist)
3 different styles
You have 3 writing styles to choose from for this design.
each style gives different impressions and I have summarised in the gallery above.
How to order
Just simply tick your preferred style and hit the ‘purchase’ button. You have 3 writing styles to choose from for this design. Each style gives different impressions. In a nutshell,
- Style 1: Elegant, Delicate
- Style 2: Chic, Sophisticated
- Style 3: Earnest, Sincere