Veracity, Trustfulness – Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea From Samurai Virtues

‘Veracity’ or ‘Trustfulness’ in a Japanese Kanji Symbol (誠 reads makoto) 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.

Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea for guys on side neck
Style 1
Japanese Kanji Tattoo Idea on Chest
Style 2

For a complete 7 virtues of Bushido, click here.

Bushido 7 Virtues for Tattoo

Veracity in Japanese Kanji symbol for tattoo

Veracity is one of the 7 Samurai Virtues and it is written in a single Kanji, 誠. This Kanji is also a symbol of Shinsengumi, a group of highly skilled elite samurai during the late edo periods.

Japanese Kanji Symbol , Symbol of Samurai group
Shinsengumi Flag

According to the Cambridge dictionary, ‘Veracity’ means

conformity to facts; accuracy.

The Kanji symbol for veracity is the result of two kanji blow put together into 1 Kanji

  • 言 : word, to say.
  • 成 : to make it real, to grow.

The Kanji represents the concept of ‘to conform to your word’ or ”If you say something, you make it real, or grow it into reality’ It is not uncommon that the promises between samurai were made and fulfilled WITHOUT a written pledge. The true samurai put more value on veracity than his own life. So preparing a written pledge was regarded as beneath his dignity and they see an oath as derogatory to their honour.

In the absence of any positive commandment against bearing false witness, lying was not condemned as sin, but simply denounced as weakness, and, as such, highly dishonorable.

Nitobe, Inazo . Bushido: The Soul of Japan

There’s a saying that represent exactly what this virtue means to Samurai.

Japanese Proverb On Trustfulness For Tattoo – True Samurai Never Goes Back On His Word

Veracity in Japanese Kanji tattoo 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…

Samurai virtues Kanji tattoo
Wrong Kanji Tattoo

This example shows wrong Kanji for Veracity and incorrect stroke for Righteous.

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. To help people get the right kanji and Japanese script tattoos, I started this online store  All letters here at 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

Bushido in Japanese kanji Symbols for tattoo


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    August 1, 2021

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    October 11, 2020

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