Japanese Poem For Tattoo – A world of grief and pain, Flowers bloom, Even then

A Japanese verse life in Japanese letters is available for instant download. The scripts 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.

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苦の娑婆や 桜が咲けば 咲いたとて

A world of grief and pain, Flowers bloom, Even then

*This world of pain, the cherries have bloomed, they bloom and yet …

Author : Issa Kobayashi

Available in 5 styles (see the samples in my examples above) .

Japanese poem on life explained

It is helpful to note that the author, Issa Kobayashi, had a harsh time throughout his whole life and that has certainly affected the style of his poems. This haiku was written upon his child death.

The meaning of this poem is “There’s no substance to happiness or misery”. There are 2 ways to interpret this haiku, Pessimistic or Optimistic. Whether you feel happiness (being optimistic) or misery (being pessimistic) depends on how you see the world (or the fact) . Your own subjectivity is the one and only decisive factor. ‘娑婆’ or Sahā refers to the mundane world, essentially the sum of existence that is other than nirvana(涅槃).

In this mundane world, the fact that the cherry blossom is in bloom can be interpreted as cruel or hopeful.

In Issa’s case, “how can flowers have the audacity to bloom in such a cruel word? (upon his child death)” or “Even in this cruel world, Flowers bloom”

We, human beings, are prone to make an issue out of nothing or even something we can enjoy. So from what we can learn from this haiku is “let’s try not to make an issue out of what we can enjoy” and “In this cruel world good things still happen”.

Reference :

Blyth, R. H. (1949). Haiku, Vol. 1: Eastern Culture. Tokyo. The Hokuseido Press. 168

法話 こころの栞/仏壇・仏具・神棚のよねはら

↓ How it is read out in Japanese

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.

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


All letters in any file with ‘verse‘ tag fits in a 22cm (8.66inch) x 8cm (3.14) frame. Depending on the number of letters, the size of the letters vary and the letters may not fill the entire frame. New line starts after certain syllables in accordance with the rules of Japanese verse.

Verse Tattoo Example

Please select the pdf version if you want to resize the letters to your perfect needs as it is illustrator-editable and resize-friendly. Your tattoo artist can make it bigger or smaller with no problem.

Here are the example files for your reference.

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

japanese Text Tattoo Ideas - Japanese Poem Haiku by Issa kobayashi


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  • Last Updated

    August 9, 2021

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  • Released

    November 5, 2020

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