100 Beautiful Chinese Japanese Kanji Tattoo Symbols & Designs

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Chinese Tattoos vs Japanese Kanji Tattoos

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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korean vs chinese japanese word kanji

Chinese Zodiac

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.

chinese calendar zodiac 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.

chinese tattoo dragon peace book patience

More Chinese Japanese Kanji Tattoos

Here are even more best of the best Chinese Japanese tattoos symbols for men, women, girls, and more. From love to flower, from koi to sleeves. Click on the image for the full resolution, to search for a specific word in English, hit ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F’ button on your browser. The search box will appear and you can perform a quick search for the word you’ve been searching for.

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Chinese Signs Spirit, Men, Father, Child, Grandson, Sunrise, Sunset Soul, Contract, Divorce, Military, Power, Soldier, Ancestor / Clan

  1. Spirit, Men, Father, Child, Grandson, Sunrise, Sunset
  2. Soul, Contract, Divorce, Military, Power, Soldier, Ancestor / Clan
  3. Pray, Supreme Being, Immortal Being, Guard / Defend, Listen / Obey, Football, Boxing
  4. Holy / Sacred, Buddha / Buddhism, Temple, God, Minister, Heaven / Sky, Gate of Heaven

Chinese tattoo fonts Uncle, Sage, Talisman, Butterfly, Mantis, Spider, Centipede Husband, Elder Brother, Younger Brother, Rich, Gamble, Genius, Crown

  1. Uncle, Sage, Talisman, Butterfly, Mantis, Spider, Centipede
  2. Husband, Elder Brother, Younger Brother, Rich, Gamble, Genius, Crown
  3. Laugh / Smile, Flower, Rose, Master, Teacher, Ruler / Monarch, King
  4. Cheerful, Eternity, Friends, Married Couple, Wife, Mother, Grandmother

kanji tattoo Strong, Taboo, Shit, Battle Treasure Crazy Win, Wolf

  1. Win, Wolf
  2. Strong, Crazy
  3. Taboo, Treasure
  4. Shit, Battle

kanji tattoo Angel, Last Heaven, Jihad Space, Murder Sun, Doll

  1. Angel, Last
  2. Heaven, Jihad
  3. Space, Murder
  4. Sun, Doll
  5. Moonshine, C eschatology

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  1. God, Goddess
  2. Kill, Rock
  3. Sound, Secret
  4. Evil, Daybreak
  5. Death, Metal
  6. Black, Master

Tattoo fonts for women

  1. Foolish, Violate / Attack, Deceive / Bully, Mentally Deranged / Insane, Violent / Hot Tempered, Grave, Feareful / Intimidate
  2. Humble, Devious / Evil, Mad / Crazy, Kill, Slaughter, Strong, Fierce
  3. Defiance / Tough, Poison, Sinister / Secret, Interrogate, Beat / Torture, Butcher, Decapitate
  4. Obscene, Dirty / Filthy, Corpse, Prisoner, Execute Criminal, Fight, Barbarians / Savages

Tragedy Happiness Wisdom

  1. Tragedy, Happiness, Wisdom

Top 50 Popular Japanese Kanji Tattoos

If you are looking for basic kanji characters that are popular and meaningful, here are 50 of them. To search for the calligraphy font, Google the word in bracket under Google Images. Here is an example of ‘The Code of Samurai (Bushidou)

  1. Ambition (Yabou)
  2. Beauty (Bi)
  3. Belief (Shinnen)
  4. Bravery (Yuukan)
  5. Buddhism (Bukkyou)
  6. Courage (Yuuki)
  7. The Code of Samurai (Bushidou)
  8. Desire (Yokubou)
  9. Dragon (Ryuu)
  10. Dream (yume)
  11. Enlightenment (Satori)
  12. Eternity (Eien)
  13. Freedom (Jiyuu)
  14. Friendship (Yuujou)
  15. God (Kami)
  16. Happiness (Koufuku)
  17. Honor (Meiyo)
  18. Hope (Kibou)
  19. Ideal (Risou)
  20. Illusion (Gensou)
  21. Justice (Seigi)
  22. Legend (Densetsu)
  23. Love (Ai)
  24. Loyalty (Chuujitsu)
  25. Meditation (Mokusou)
  26. Moon (Tsuki)
  27. Nature (Shizen)
  28. Ocean (Umi)
  29. Passion (Jounetsu)
  30. Peace (Heiwa)
  31. Perfect (Kanzen)
  32. Power (Chikara)
  33. Pride (Hokori)
  34. Promise (Yakusoku)
  35. Rainbow (Niji)
  36. Respect (Sonkei)
  37. Samurai
  38. Secret (Himitsu)
  39. Sky (Sora)
  40. Shogun
  41. Star (Hoshi)
  42. Soul (Tamashii)
  43. Spirit (Seishin)
  44. Success (Seikou)
  45. Sun (Taiyou)
  46. Truth (Shinjitsu)
  47. Universe (Uchuu)
  48. Victory (Shouri)
  49. Wisdom (Chie)
  50. Zen
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Some Interesting Facts About Tattoo

Some truth, history and facts regarding tattoo.

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7 comments on “100 Beautiful Chinese Japanese Kanji Tattoo Symbols & Designs

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    bad handwriting
    Spirit, Men, Father, Child, Grandson, Sunrise, Sunset
    Soul, Contract, Divorce, Military, Power, Soldier, Ancestor / Clan
    Pray, Supreme Being, Immortal Being, Guard / Defend, Listen / Obey, Football, Boxing
    Holy / Sacred, Buddha / Buddhism, Temple, God, Minister, Heaven / Sky, Gate of Heaven
    Uncle, Sage, Talisman, Butterfly, Mantis, Spider, Centipede
    Husband, Elder Brother, Younger Brother, Rich, Gamble, Genius, Crown
    Laugh / Smile, Flower, Rose, Master, Teacher, Ruler / Monarch, King
    Cheerful, Eternity, Friends, Married Couple, Wife, Mother, Grandmother
    Foolish, Violate / Attack, Deceive / Bully, Mentally Deranged / Insane, Violent / Hot Tempered, Grave, Feareful / Intimidate
    Humble, Devious / Evil, Mad / Crazy, Kill, Slaughter, Strong, Fierce
    Defiance / Tough, Poison, Sinister / Secret, Interrogate, Beat / Torture, Butcher, Decapitate
    Obscene, Dirty / Filthy, Corpse, Prisoner, Execute Criminal, Fight, Barbarians / Savages

    This is certainly not my writing.

    I think you are mistaken in your interpretation
    休=Stop(not Divorce)
    帝(XX大帝、皇帝)=King(King of XX)
    宗=Clan(messy writing)
    蚣not good(蜈蚣is Better)
    玟different玫,Rose(玫瑰)
    終末(Strange 盡頭is Better)
    歪、艮、淫、慘劇What a joke???not good for Tatoo
    知惠is japanese

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    I am wonder if any body knows what (mental strength)looks like in japanese kanji

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      Usually you wouldn’t find good words in Japanese/Chinese that corresponding to your English words.
      What you think attractive is not as attractive for Japanese. (At the same time, what Japanese think is attractive is not attractive for you, because of cultural difference.)
      I would descrive ‘mental strength’ as 忍 which means patiency in both Japanese and Chinese, also is a famous Kanji (for Non-Japanese people) because it is the first charactor of Ninja/忍者(Ninja literally means ‘a patient guy’) in Japan. Japanese people would think ‘Oh that is a typical foreigner who Japanese culture’. But at least nobody would think that is stupid.

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    Many mistake and bad writings in 4×7 boxes

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    Seth MacKenzie [ Reply ]

    Hello,
    Does anyone happen to know how “With Pain Comes Strength” would be written in kanji ?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      I advice you to seek advice from a professor that is dual-lingual. Tattoo is permanent, you do not want a bad mistake.

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    Sandra Lopez [ Reply ]

    Hi I’m new here, I do have 5 different cultures but I do have Japanese and Chinese..

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