Samurai Virtue Kanji Tattoo Idea ‘Train Hard, Study Hard’ in Japanese 4 Kanji Idiom (Yojijukugo)

‘Train hard, study hard to be the best of both worlds’ (文武両道) in Japanese Kanji for word tattoo is available for instant download. This word consists of 4 Kanji symbols and this is what is called Yojijukugo (4 Letter idiom). The letters are available in 3 different writing styles for your preference. Created and verified by a native Japanese speaker and100% accurate. Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.

Samurai Virtue Kanji idiom for knuckle tattoo
Samurai Virtue Kanji idiom for arm tattoo
Style 1

‘Yojijukugo’, four-kanji character idiom serves as good sources for word tattoo ideas.

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 symbols are often used to express/represent themes, values, mottos. convictions, ambitions, resolutions by writing them down on a paper, and placed on a wall to remind you these values and resolutions, etc every time you see it.

Kanji on a hanging scroll
Zen/tea ceremony room
Martial Arts Dojo

Why is Yojijukugo (4 Kanji idiom) is good for tattoo ideas?

Because they are; straight to the point, concise and neat, and have a nice ring to it.

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

‘Train Hard, Study Hard to Be the best of both worlds in Japanese Writing for Bushido Tattoo Idea

This Japanese Kanji phrase consists of the 4 Kanji below

  • 文: art, letter, sentence
  • 武: fight, sword, martial art, warrior
  • 両: both
  • 道: way

The phrase is used to describe someone very good at both arts and sports. The origin of this idiom served as a Samurai Teaching.

Samurai would strive to improve themselves, and the Samurai Laws recommended that “one should be devoted to both literature and martial arts. It is said that “Being Smart and physically strong are two wheels of a cart,” and a samurai was expected to master both studies and martial art in order to acquire the ability to solve things well. For example, if a samurai was too much focused on martial arts, he would become a violent person with no sense of discretion, and if he was too much focused on academics, he would become a logical person who lacked the ability to take action. In modern parlance, a person should excel in both studies and sports.

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.

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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)

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 Kanji Tattoo Idea 'Train hard, Study hard' Vertical writing tattoo
Vertical Direction
Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea 'Train hard, Study hard' horizontal writing tattoo
Horizontal Direction

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    June 11, 2022

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