Righteous (Samurai Virtue) In Japanese Kanji Symbol For A Powerful Single Word Tattoo For Guys

‘Righteous’ or ‘Rectitude’ in a Japanese Kanji Symbol (義) for tattoo is available for instant download. This single word is one of the 7 virtues of Bushido (武士道: The Way of Warriors/Samurai’s code of conduct). It is simple yet has a powerful and deep meaning highly regarded by Samurai warriors. The symbol is available in 3 different writing styles for your preference. verified by a native Japanese speaker, your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.

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What is Kanji ?

Kanji is one of the 3 Japanese writing systems. It is a set of symbols that represent words or concepts.

You might have seen those asian hanging scrolls with some calligraphy letters on it like these. They represent themes, values, resolutions, ambitions, and convictions.

Kanji on a hanging scroll
Tea ceremony room
Martial Arts Dojo

Simple, yet powerful and meaningful single word for tattoo

For Samurai,

“Rectitude (Gi) is the power of deciding upon a certain course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering—to die when it is right to die, to strike when to strike is right.”

  • Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people.
  • Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself.
  • To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and integrity.
  • Warriors make a full commitment to their decisions
    Reference : Bushido: The Soul of Japan

It is the bones that give firmness and stature. If you don’t have bones, you cant stand on foot, your head can not rest on the spine. This means that even if you were talented and have achieved the sword skill to the master level, you would not be regarded as a Samurai without Gi.

It is also said that Gi is fair-go mentality. A great example of this attitude is when a renowned Samurai, Kenshin Uesuzi, send salt to his enemy, Shingen Takeda, who was desperately in need of salt as Hojo stopped supplying it to his inland nation.

Uesugi send a letter saying

We are fighting with swords, bow and arrows, not food or salt. If you need salt, we have no problem supplying it.

Bushido: The Soul of Japan

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.

Bushido virtues gone wrong

Bushido codes are one of the most popular Kanji tattoos. You can find many free images for them on the internet. However, it is not uncommon to spot wrong, not properly written and even severe lack of important kanji, and people end up having those wrong symbols on their skin…

Wrong Kanji Tattoo

These are the correct Kanji symbols for these two.

Next, severe lack of 名 for Honour and 義 for Loyalty.

Sever lack of Kanji Symbols

Honour and Loyalty has 2 kanji but looks like they are compressed into 1 kanji on another image.

Bushido Kanji Tattoo fail
2 Kanji Symbols compressed into 1 Kanji

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.

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


As a rule of thumb,

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

The script in any download files with ‘One Word‘ tag approximately fits in a 2cm (0.8inch) x 2cm grid and, in general,  this size is suitable for finger tattoos and behind the ear tattoo.

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.

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)

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

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

Single Word With Powerful and Deep Meaning for Tattoo


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    August 22, 2021

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    October 4, 2020

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