Zen Tattoo Design – ‘Merciful Eye’ In Japanese kanji Symbols For Simple & Meaningful Word Tattoo

A simple. rare, and Zen teaching word,  Jigen (慈眼) ‘Merciful eye’ in Japanese Kanji Symbol, 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.

Word Tattoo On Side Neck
Style 1
Japanese Word Tattoo On Tricep
Style 3

What is Kanji ?

Kanji is one of the 3 Japanese writing systems. It is a set of symbols that represent words or concepts. Samurai’s 7 virtues are one of the most poplar Kanji tattoos that are simple yet have deep meanings

7 Virtues of Bushido Codes Virtues for Kanji Tattoo Design

Kanji is often used to express resolutions, determinations, themes, values, ambitions etc by writing it down on a paper, and place it on the wall to make it works as a reminder every time you see it.

Kanji on a hanging scroll
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Simple, rare, and meaningful Zen word for your tattoo explained

This Zen word consist of 2 kanji below

  • 慈 : mercy, compassion
  • : eye

‘慈’ (mercy, compassion) means “giving ease” in Buddhism. In other words, to entertain and creating a feeling of ease in others.

In Japanese kanji, there are three of them that means ‘eye’. They are

  • 目 : eye(including eyelid and other parts of eye)
  • : eyeball only
  • 瞳 : pupil

The one in the red is used in this ‘merciful eye’,  because it has a connotation of having an insightful eye, an ability to see through the true nature of things. Good example of having this merciful eye can be found in the relationship between good parents and their child.

This child likes drawing calligraphy art. You can tell the work is not of genius (need more practice for sophistication) but you always tell him certain things about the art that you like.  This will create a feeling of ease in the child and make him/her want to do more, which will brush up the skills in the end.

No Machine Translations = No More Kanji Fail

Kanji are very tricky scripts and some people end up with wrong/awkward kanji tattoos. Without proper understanding of the Japanese language and writing systems(require the use of 3 different scripts),  simply putting together the kanji obtained from Kanji generators might lead to Kanji tattoo fail. 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 Japanese writing 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.

Letter shown : Yorozuya

Horizontal & Vertical Directions

Both horizontal and vertical direction is used in the Japanese wiring and therefore, The file comes with both horizontal and vertical layout for your convenience and preference. Writing starts from left to right for horizontal lines whereas it is top to bottom for vertical lines.

Kanji Tattoo Example vertical Horizontal directions
Letter shown : an example

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

Letter shown : Fighting Spirit

PDF or JPG?

As a rule of thumb,

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

Each script approximately fits in a 2cm (0.8inch) x 2cm grid or slightly bigger and, in general,  this size is suitable for fingers, the back of the neck and behind the ear tattoo.

kanji tattoo example1
Letter shown : an 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.

Kanji Tattoo Example pdf benefits
Letter shown : an example

Nevertheless, please check with the example files.

If you are happy with the size of the letters and not do need to make it larger, then the “jpg” will do. But if you think you need 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
Zen Tattoo Idea - Zen teaching word 'Merciful Eye' In Japanese kanji Symbols for tattoo vertical orientation
Vertical Orientation
Zen Tattoo Idea - Zen teaching word 'Merciful Eye' In Japanese kanji Symbols for tattoo horizontal orientation
Horizontal Orientation
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    August 21, 2021

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