Japanese Word Tattoo – ‘Contentment’ In Japanese Kanji Symbols | Yojijukugo (四字熟語)
A Japanese Zen teaching word ‘Contentment’ (吾唯足知) for tattoo is available for instant download. This word consists of 4 Kanji symbols and this is what is called Yojijukugo (4 Letter idiom). The letters are available in 3 different writing styles for your preference. Created and verified by a native Japanese speaker and100% accurate. Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.
‘Yojijukugo’, four-kanji character idiom serves as good sources for Japanese word tattoo ideas.
What is Kanji ?
Kanji is one of the 3 Japanese writing systems. It is a set of symbols that represent words or concepts. Samurai’s 7 virtues are one of the most poplar Kanji tattoos that are simple yet have deep meanings.
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Kanji symbols are often used to express/represent themes, values, mottos. convictions, ambitions, resolutions by writing them down on a paper, and placed on a wall to remind you these values and resolutions, etc every time you see it.
Why is Yojijukugo (4 Kanji idiom) is good for tattoo ideas?
Because they are; straight to the point, concise and neat, and have a nice ring to it.
There exists thousands of these 4 kanji compounds. Find more tattoo idea with Yojijukugo here.
Japanese kanji phrase for ‘Nothing is permanent’, meaning explained
This Japanese Kanji phrase consists of the 4 Kanji below.
- 吾 : I, self
- 唯 : only, simply, solely, merely
- 知 : wisdom, to know
- 足 : to be sufficient
Putting these symbols together, it is 吾唯足知 and it means
I simply know that what I have is sufficient. That’s why I do not get frustrated with unfulfilled desire, I am satisfied with my lot because there’s no end to the things you can desire. By accepting your current situation as is, you will be free from the feeling of dissatisfaction and your mind can remain peaceful.
At Ryoanji (龍安寺) in Kyoto, there is a famous tsukubai (water basin), known as ‘Chisoku(知足) no Tsukubai’
This tsukubai has a square basin that represents a particle used to complete the four Kanji characters on each side of it. Reading the kanji with the “□” included each gives you “ware tada taruwo shiru”. It means, “I only learn to be content”, or “I am content with what I am”.
No Machine Translations = No More Kanji Fail
Kanji are very tricky scripts and some people end up with wrong/awkward kanji tattoos. Without proper understanding of the Japanese language and writing systems(require the use of 3 different scripts), simply putting together the kanji obtained from Kanji generators might lead to Kanji tattoo fail. 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)
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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 Japanese writing 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.
Horizontal & Vertical Directions
Both horizontal and vertical direction is used in the Japanese wiring and therefore, all download files with ‘4 Letter Compounds‘ tag come with both horizontal and vertical layout for your convenience. Horizontal layout is suitable for your finger/knuckle tattoo and inner bicep tattoo while vertical layout is for arm (tricep, shoulder and sleep) tattoo. (Please see the examples above) It starts from left to right for horizontal lines whereas it is top to bottom for vertical lines.
NOTE : The letters DO NOT NEED TO BE MIRRORED, they 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 4 scripts in any download files with ‘4 Letter Compounds‘ tag are approximately fits within a 2cm (0.8inch) x 8cm (3.14inch) frame or slightly bigger 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 (generally for fingers and behind the ear) and do not need to make it bigger, then the “jpg” is fine. But if you are looking 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