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Updated on May 29, 2012
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.



One of the most popular tattoo symbols in the world is Kanji tattoos. Kanji tattoos have been spreading to Western cultures and it shows no signs of slowing down. Kanji tattoos are popular because their beauty, creativity, look, and design. Many people believe that Kanji is a Japanese tattoo but it is not. Kanji is really a style of Japanese tattoos.

To begin, there is no Japanese alphabet. Japanese is totally different from English and it is much more complex. The Japanese used characters, not letters. The Japanese use 3 sets of characters called Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. All 3 of these characters perform different task and functions. Hiragana are simple rounded charcters that represent sounds. They were created by women, sometime in the Helan period. They are considered to be feminine in nature by the Japanese. Katakana was created by Buddhist monks. These are simple characters that are angular. Katakana also represents different sounds. Kanji originated in China and they are pictures that hold meaning. They also represent sounds. Kanji is the only charcters that hold both meaning and sound. Hiragana and Katakana do not have meanings. All written Japanese evolved from Chinese writings.

Kanji tattoos are unique, creative, mysterious, and they do hold meaning. As you read earlier, Kanji is the only Japanese characters that hold meaning. Each Kanji character is a ideograph or pictograph. Kanji characters can symbolize an idea, name, thing, or object. Many people choose to get their name tattooed in Kanji characters. Others may choose to get "Love", "Peace", "Harmony", or "Life" tattooed in Kanji characters. You can nearly get any word or phrase tattooed in this Japanese style of tattooing.



Kanji tattoo meanings depend on what Kanji characters that you choose. Each Kanji character represents something. Kanji style characters can be used to create and express nearly anything that you want. Many people believe that Kanjis are a traditional Japanese tattoo, but they are not. Kanji is actually a Japanese style of tattooing.

The most important thing to remember before you get your Kanji tattoo is to make sure you are getting the correct character and meaning. At this very time, there are literally thousands of people walking around with Kanji tattoos that don't represent the correct meaning. It is very important to go to a professional when it comes to Kanji characters. Many people believe that you can translate Kanji into English, but this is not true. You need to make sure you are getting the correct characters tattooed. Go to a professional.

Kanji tattoos can be done in a variety of different sizes and locations on the body. Kanji characters can be tattooed small, medium, or large. Since tattoo size rarely matters, you can be tattooed nearly anywhere on the body. The neck, arms, and the back are the most popular areas to be tattooed. You will see Kanji tattoos on the arms, chest, stomach, sides, legs, ankles, and behind the ears.

Kanji tattoos can also be designed with other tattoo symbols. You will see many Kanji tattoo designs with a variety of symbols associated to Japan and China. Popular symbols associated with Kanji characters include cherries, cherry blossoms, oriental fans, koi fish, dragons, and Geisha. Kanji tattoos are both beautiful and meaningful to the wearer. They add a mysterious look that is sure to catch the eyes of others.

As you read earlier, it is very important to make sure you get the correct Kanji characters. You don't want to get the wrong character. Each character has a meaning, so if you have the wrong character, you have the wrong meaning. Make sure you see a professional. Take the time to do your own research and view a variety of different Kanji tattoo designs. Even if it is just characters, you want to get a visual picture of what you want. Plus, you may still need to figure out what size and location you want tattooed. Make sure you take your time and get the tattoo that you want. Many people rush into the tattoo process and they end up with a tattoo that they later regret. Kanji tattoos are very popular and desired. Make sure you do it right. Remember, see a professional. If you feel that the Kanji tattoo is not for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for your visit. All questions welcomed.



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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Alocsin, absolutely. It is always best to go to a professional. Get online and search for reviews on tattoo parlors and artist. Best to go to a Kanji shop if possible.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      As you stated, the tricky part of this is knowing exactly what the character means. And just because one character means something by itself, it may say something totally different when combined with other characters. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia







      Thanks for taking the time to come by and comment. I always value your comments. Olivia, you make a good point. This has become a real issue with Kanji tattoos. That is why it is so important to see a professional Kanji artist. As we speak, there are thousands walking around with the wrong tattoo.

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      Kristi Sharp 

      8 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Very well put together! Love it!

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      Hady Chahine 

      8 years ago from Manhattan Beach

      Nice hub! I enjoyed learning about the meaning of Kanji tattoos. Thanks!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The history of the Kanji tattoos was interesting to read. Awesome colors...

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      Deb Hirt 

      8 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I didn't realize that tattooing was such a great art form until I started reading these hubs. Some are very elaborate.

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      8 years ago

      I speak some Chinese, so some of the actual Kanji are in these going to be lost on me, but the one from celebritybasha has at least two mistakes in it. The fourth character from the top should have a dot over the left-hand portion, and the second from the bottom looks like at least two, possibly three (name, prosper, word), separate characters mashed together.

      Also, I want to link to this: because a number of people are getting what they think are English words written in Chinese or Japanese using this system, and the result is nonsense.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      These are awesome and amazing.


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