Japanese Letter Tattoo Idea – ‘Street Smart’ In Kanji & Hiragana

Japanese symbols for ‘Street-smart’ (世渡り上手) for your 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 Letter Tattoo Idea street smart
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Japanese Letter Tattoo Idea street smart behind the ear
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Street-smart in Japanese Letters for tattoo

‘Street smart’ in Japanese letters are 世渡り上手, which consists of the 3 words below

  • 世 : world
  • 渡り :  to pass by. to deal with, to handle
  • 上手 : be good at

This phrase is often used to describe someone agreeable, good at coaxing people into something, getting along with difficult people. The literal translation is something like ‘be good at handling the world’

No Machine Translations = No More Kanji Fail

Kanji 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 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

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

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)

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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    November 5, 2021

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