100 Beautiful Chinese Japanese Kanji Tattoo Symbols & Designs
Chinese Tattoo vs Japanese Kanji Tattoo
Kanji Tattoo – the Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system is the latest trend in tattooing your name in Japanese style. Kanji tattoo designs look unique and stunning and are in high demand these days. So if you’re a tattoo artist make sure to choose the correct character that denotes proper meaning to lend a touch of authenticity to this beautiful form of art work.
The Japanese Kanji are essentially Chinese words, the ancient Japanese borrowed and adapted it into their Nippon-Go language, thus the words and meaning are the same, only the pronunciation is different. The ‘worm’ like Japanese words are originally Japanese, but not he Kanji words. As for the Koreans, they’ve totally abandoned the Chinese words and reinvented their own words and language system. The Korean words can be easily identified by their strong use of ‘box’ symbols, lots of boxes. Nippon-Go is more worm like.
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There are 12 Zodiac in the Chinese calendar, same goes with the Japanese. The only difference is instead of a goat, the Japanese substitute it with a sheep. Since the Chinese calendar uses a different system compared to the Georgian calendar, you will have to look up birth-date on Wikipedia (Chinese Calendar) for your Chinese Zodiac. As usual, always double check before you ink the tattoo.
Our 4 Favorite Tattoos
Below are 4 of our favorite Chinese Tattoos, they are dragon, patience, book and peace. The Dragon and Patience are all time favorite, the ‘Patience’ word is more meaningful in the sense that it is a combo of 2 Chinese word, Knife (top) and heart (down). When combined, it creates a new word and meaning – Without patience, the knife will strike the heart. Click on image for a higher resolution.