Samurai Battle Standard For Tattoo In Japanese Kanji Symbols | Yojijukugo (四字熟語)
A famous Samurai battle standard/war flag ‘Fūrinkazan’ (風林火山) 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 as well as both vertical and horizontal directions for your preference and convenience. Created and verified by a native Japanese speaker and 100% accurate. Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.
Japanese can be written both vertically and horizontally giving you greater flexibility for placement such as spine, arm, chest, knuckles.
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.
‘Yojijukugo’, four-kanji character idiom serves as good sources for word tattoo ideas.
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.
Famous samurai battle standard for tattoo explained
This Japanese Kanji idiom consists of the 4 Kanji below.
- 風 : Wind
- 林 : Forest
- 火 : Fire
- 山 : Mountain
This is a battle standard/war flag used by a very famous and formidable samurai warrior Shingen Takeda. The word is used to indicate how to move in case of war, and is a reminder to be flexible according to the situation: when you should move, be quick as the wind; when you should not move, be still as a forest; when you should act, invade like a raging fire; when you should defend, stand firm as a mountain. It has become an idiom that means “how to deal with things” in an appropriate manner according to the time and situation. In modern times, it is sometimes applied to business scenes.
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.
Ariana Grande’s Japanese “7 Rings” tattoo actually means “small charcoal grill” https://t.co/yjdoP9i7Gk pic.twitter.com/tlBK0QArWg
— 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 . 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.
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)
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