Bushido In Japanese Kanji Symbols For Tattoo – Calligraphy & Brush Stroke Styles

Japanese kanji symbols for ‘Bushido’ (武士道: the way of Samurai) for your tattoo is available for instant download. The kanji symbols are available in 3 different writing styles for your preference. Created and verified by a native Japanese speaker. 100% accurate and Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.

Bushido Kanji Symbol For Side Neck Tattoo
Style 1
Bushido In Japanese Kanji Symbols for Tattoo
Style 2

For the 7 virtues of Bushido, Click here.

Bushido 7 Virtues for Tattoo
7 Virtues of Bushido

Bushido in Japanese Kanji writing for tattoo and its meaning

Bushido consists of 3 kanji below.

  • 武 : military
  • 士 : warrior, professional
  • 道 : way

Putting the first two kanji together, it is 武士 (Bushi) and means ‘Samurai, warrior’. The last kanji means ‘way’.

The second Kanji (士) is a bit tricky one and this man got this kanji wrong ‘dirt’ on his neck. (Click here for the footage)

He got 土, which means ‘dirt’. What the asian guy is saying is that he needs to get the top part longer to fix that kanji to warrior.

Bushido Kanji Fail

In this case, fixing the kanji is possible. However it is inevitable that the result will be imbalanced. If he made the top part bigger, the vertical line would be too short relative to the other two horizontal lines and it would look squashed. He is lucky because there is few Kanji that can be fixed like this and 99% of them are impossible. It is not uncommon to see people with wrong bushido virtues and these kanji are just unfixable..

Bushido Kanji Tattoo Gone wrong veracituy

7 Virtues of Bushido Codes Virtues for Kanji Tattoo Idea

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)

For this reason, it is best to consult a native Japanese speaker beforehand whether the kanji actually conveys the meaning you have in mind . 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.

Instant Download

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.

Horizontal & Vertical Directions

Both horizontal and vertical direction is used in the Japanese wiring and therefore, the file comes with both horizontal and vertical layout for your convenience and preference. Writing starts from left to right for horizontal lines whereas it is top to bottom for vertical lines.

Kanji Tattoo Example vertical Horizontal directions

NOTE : The letters DO NOT NEED TO BE MIRRORED, they should appear just as it appears on the print-out.


As a rule of thumb,

  • jpg for fingers, behind the ear
  • pdf for arms, chest, shoulder, and other body parts

Each script approximately fits in a 2cm (0.8inch) x 2cm grid or slightly bigger and, in general,  this size is suitable for fingers, the back of the neck 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
Bushido Kanji for Tattoo
Vertical Orientation
Bushido in Japanese Kanji Symbol for Tattoo
Horizontal Orientation

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    August 24, 2021

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    January 23, 2021

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