Japanese Verse About Life For Tattoo In 100% Accurate Japanese letters – Poem (Haiku) 1

A Japanese verse about life from probably the most famous Haiku (Japanese poem) for your Japanese letter tattoo is available for instant download and you have 3 writing styles to choose from. The script is verified by a native Japanese speaker and your favourite tattoo artist dose not need to know any Japanese.

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夏草や 兵どものが 夢の跡

Summer grass, all the warriors are, but the remains of dreams

Author : Basho Matsuo

Who Is Suitable For This Poem Tattoo?

This poem is for you if you;

  • like Zen teachings
  • believe that nothing in this world is permanent
  • love Japanese poems
  • believe in Nihilism

Background and Meaning

Basho visits Hiraizumi on June 29th in 1689, where it was once the seat of the Northern branch of the Fujiwara family, which was destroyed in 1189. As he sees what it was once a battle field (Summer grass), the ancient Chinese Poet from Du Fu comes to his head.

“The state is destroyed, / rivers and hills remain. / The city walls return to spring, / grasses and trees are green. “

With this lines in his head, he lay down his bamboo hat and let time and tears flow

The glory of three generations of Fujiwara vanished in the space of a dream; the remains of the Great Gate stood two miles in the distance. Hidehira’s headquarters had turned into rice paddies and wild fields. Only Kinkeizan, Golden Fowl Hill, remained as it was

In the past, the Fujiwara clan dreamed of prosperity and glory. But in the midst of nature’s activity, such prosperity and glory have become a vain and temporary dream, and now the summer grasses just grow thicker and thicker without a care in the world.

This haiku is taken from a climatic episode in Basho’s most-read travel journal, The Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi). It operates on two axes. The fragment (line 1) is a scenic description from the present world, the site of a formal battlefield; the phrase (lines 2 and 3) “refers to the passage of time: the summer grasses are the ‘aftermath’ of the dreams of glory (Shirane, pp. 238)

Reference :

Haruo Shirane, Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho, Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1998.

You can download the file right after purchase and no need to wait.

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?

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

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    July 27, 2021

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    August 9, 2020

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