Haiku Tattoo (Poem) – Issa Kobayashi. In this world of ours, We walk above hell, Gazing at flowers

世の中は 地獄の上の 花見かな

In this world of ours, We walk above hell, Gazing at flowers
(or: In this world / We walk on the roof of Hell / Gazing at flowers)

*There are several translations

Author : Issa Kobayashi

This is one of the most famous haiku and available in 5 styles to choose from (see the samples in my examples) .


David G. Lanoue writes in his excellent website Haiku of Kobayashi Issa,

“In it, Issa offers a striking juxtaposition: above, people enjoy a pleasant day of viewing spring blossoms–drinking sake, eating, joking, laughing; while deep below, poor souls suffer the torments of hell. The contrast suggests that, for Issa, the opposite of hell isn’t heaven; it’s being in this world on a day when the blossoms bloom.”

Reference :

Lanoue, David G. (1991-2009). Haiku of Kobayashi Issa.

↓ How it is read out in Japanese

Instant Download

You can download the file right after the purchase and no need to wait for me to send it to you. Then you just simply forward it to your favourite tattoo artist. The design is 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 design DOSE NOT NEED TO BE MIRRORED, meaning it should appear on your skin/object just as it appears on the paper.

Depending on your purpose,  pick either jpeg or pdf

If you are looking to use the design just as it appears and not wanting to resize it, then the “jpeg” should be fine.

But if you are looking to

  • use it on a large object and need to resize
  • change the layout / position
    (e.g, vertical▶️horizontal / angled,  etc)

then the “pdf” should be your choice as it will be less work for your tattoo artist, meaning costs less.
(You need to check with your tattoo artist though)

Click the link below for more information.

▶️ pdf or jpg ? Which one is right for me?

5 different styles

You have 5 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 add it to the cart.

Click and have a close look at them

If you are not sure, please read through the page below or simply contact me.

▶️Purchasing process


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    December 13, 2020

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    October 25, 2020

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