Japanese Kanji Phrase Tattoo Ideas – ‘Telepathy / communication of mind with mind’ | Yojijukugo (四字熟語)

A Japanese Kanji phrase for tattoo is available for instant download and you have 3 different brush stroke Kanji styles to choose from. The phrase is a Zen word and means ‘Telepathy / Communication of mind with mind’ (以心伝心:Ishin Denshin). The symbols are verified by a native Japanese speaker. 100% accurate and Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.

Yojijukugo for Chest Tattoo in brush stroke Japanese Kanji
Style 1
Yojijukugo for Knuckle tattoo in Brush stroke Japanese Kanji
Style 2

The phrase consists of 4 Kanji symbols and this is what is called ‘Yojijukugo’, 4 Kanji idiom. It serves as an excellent sources for Japanese kanji tattoo ideas.

Why Yojijukugo is good for tattoo ideas?

4 Kanji compounds are often used to express/represent themes, values, mottos. convictions, ambitions, resolutions. They are; straight to the point, concise and neat, and have a nice ring to it. They are also often written on a hanging scroll (Calligraphy style) to remind you the aforementioned resolutions, etc every time you see it.

There exists thousands of these 4 kanji compounds. Find more tattoo idea with Yojijukugo here.

The Japanese Kanji phrase and meaning

This Japanese Kanji phrase consists of the 4 Kanji below.

  • 以 : by means of
  • 心 : mind, thoughts, heart
  • 伝 : to communicate, to transmit, to convey
  • 心 : mind, thoughts, heart

Putting all these kanji together, it means ‘transmitting your thoughts by means of mind without words’ like telepathy. This is a Zen word that reminds us the importance of believing in others.  The thoughts and things that people really want to convey cannot all be expressed in words or letters. However, if there is sincere trust, they can resonate with each other. To do this, you must first believe in the other person before you want them to believe in you.

It’s not about words and logic, but about the connection that comes from communicating the heart that cannot be expressed in words. That is what this Zen phrase means.

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 its 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, all download files with ‘4 Letter Compounds‘ 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.

Letter shown: an example

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

↓Click the image below


As a rule of thumb,

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

The 4 scripts in any download files with ‘4 Letter Compounds‘ tag are approximately fits within a 2cm (0.8inch) x 8cm (3.14inch) frame or slightly bigger and, in general,  this size is suitable for finger tattoos and behind the ear tattoo.

4 letter word for finger tattoo sample
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.

4 letter word for finger tattoo sample
Letter shown: an 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
Yojijukugo for Tattoo - ishin denshin vertical orientation
Vertical Orientation
Yojijukugo tattoo -ishin denshin horizontal orientaiton
Horizontal Orientation

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    August 21, 2021

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