Japanese Proverb For Tattoo – Ignorance Is Bliss In Kanji and Hiragana Letters

A Japanese Saying ‘知らぬが仏 (Ignorance is bliss)’ in Japanese symbols for tattoo is available for instant download. The symbols 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.

Japanese Word for behind the ear tattoo
Style 1
japanese kanji word tattoo on forearm
Style 2

Japanese Saying  ‘Ignorance is bliss’ for tattoo explained

This Japanese proverb can be divided into three blocks

  • 知らぬ : not knowing, not aware
  • が : being, is
  • 仏 : Buddha

The literal translation is something like ‘By not knowing things / not being aware of things, you can be as calm as Buddha’.  In Japanese, the word Buddha is used to describe someone very patient, calm, and never gets angry. We also have another proverb related to Buddha being calm,  “仏の顔も三度まで” (Buddha’s face/calmness up to three time).

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. (I’m glad she’s got it fixed with the help of her tutor and she’s happy with that Japanese script tattoo)

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.

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.

e.g Yorozuya in Hiragana Writing

Horizontal & Vertical Directions

Both horizontal and vertical direction is used in the Japanese wiring and therefore, all files with the ‘finger 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.

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As a rule of thumb,

  • jpg for fingers, behind the ear
  • pdf for arms, chest, shoulder, and other body parts

Each of the letters approximately fits within a 2cm (0.8inch) x 2cm (0.8inch) frame or slightly bigger and, in general,  this size is suitable for finger tattoos and behind the ear tattoo.

Kanji Tattoo Example
Symbols: Agnostic (Example)

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.

Symbols: Agnostic (Example)

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
Japanese Proverb Tattoo Kanji Ignorance is bliss
Vertical Orientation
Japanese Saying Tattoo Idea Ignorance is bliss
Horizontal Orientation

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    August 7, 2021

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