Samurai Verse Tattoo In Japanese Letters for Guys’ Back, Spine, Arm, and Ribs

A Samurai verse on love in Japanese letters is available for instant download. This can make a great looking tattoo on back, spine, ribs and neck for guys. The design is 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.

Verse Tattoo on ribs in Japanese Letters
Style 1
Verse Tattoo on arm in Japanese Letters
Style 2
Verse Tattoo on back in Japanese Letters
Style 3
Verse Tattoo on neck in Japanese Letters
Style 2


I’d kill all the crows in the world, to sleep with you till morning tolls

This is a love poem from a very famous Samurai, Shinsaku Takasugi,  in the late Edo period known as Bakumatsu (幕末) . Bakumatsu refers to the final years of the Edo period when the Tokugawa shogunate (Samurai era) ended (1853 – 1868)

Samurai verse on love explained

Bakumatsu is the time when major ideological-political divide was happening between the pro-imperial nationalists and the shogunate forces, which included the elite shinsengumi swordsmen. Because of the political instability, samurai were always under threat of assassination, but they still take a break and enjoy drinking, maybe escaping the reality and having a good time with their comrade or loved ones.

Meaning of the verse

Cawing of crows at dawn tells the end of the night and you have to leave the place, and start a new day. So by killing all the crows in the world, morning never comes and you don’t have go home but stay together with the one you love.

Who is Shinsaku Takasugi?

Shinsaku Takasugi is a samurai from the Chōshū Domain (present-day Yamaguchi Prefecture) who led a fight against Tokugawa clan (The ruler of the entire Japan) and defeated (Second Chōshū expedition in 1864).

Despite the national seclusion policy at the time, he was ordered by the domain master to secretly go to Shanghai in China to investigate the state of affairs and the strength of the Western powers. He was so shocked by the effect of the European imperialism over the Chinese Empire.

This experience made him convinced that Japan must strengthen itself to avoid being colonised by the western powers, or to suffer a similar fate as China. When he returned from China, he led a squad and set fire on the under-construction British Embassy.

There was already a growing movement in Japan called Sonnō Jōi (尊王攘夷 ‘expel the barbarians and revere the Emperor’) and thus, attracting certain radical sections of Japan’s warrior class and court nobility, and Takasugi’s ideas found ready support in Chōshū and other parts of Japan.

Although he was a very influential Samurai, he died of tuberculosis at the age of 27 and did not get to see the success of his dream (Overthrowing Tokugawa Shogunate)

If you are interested in visiting Japan for holiday, then learning its history will definitely make your trip more enjoyable, especially visiting Historical sites.

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


All letters in any file with ‘verse‘ tag fits in a 22cm (8.66inch) x 8cm (3.14) frame. Depending on the number of letters, the size of the letters vary and the letters may not fill the entire frame. New line starts after certain syllables in accordance with the rules of Japanese verse.

Verse Tattoo Example

Please select the pdf version if you want to resize the letters to your perfect needs as it is illustrator-editable and resize-friendly. Your tattoo artist can make it bigger or smaller with no problem.

Here are the example files for your reference.

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

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    July 11, 2021

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    September 18, 2020

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