Posts about art, culture, and tattoo culture in Japan.

A Brief Guide to Tipping in Japan

A Brief Guide to Tipping in Japan The title of this post is A Brief Guide to Tipping in Japan. This is because it can be summed up pretty quickly: there is no tipping in Japan. Well that might not entirely be true… There are a few circumstances in which tipping may be considered appropriate: [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:30-07:00April 13th, 2017|Japanese Culture and Tattoo Culture, Travel|0 Comments

Japanese Tattoo Animal Motifs and Meaning

There are many different motifs that you will see recurring in Japanese tattoos and for many people this symbolism becomes important when planning your first Japanese tattoo.  Many of these have roots in traditional Japanese religion, folklore, literature, and art (ukiyo-e).  Therefore Japanese tattoo animal motifs can be full of symbolism.  Consequently these meanings can be difficult [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:54-07:00July 19th, 2016|Japanese Culture and Tattoo Culture|1 Comment

Japanese Tattoo Flower Motifs and Meaning

There are many different motifs that you will see recurring in Japanese tattoos.  Many of these have roots in traditional Japanese religion, folklore, literature, and art (ukiyo-e). Learn about these motifs for inspiration and discussions with your tattoo artist. A list of animal motifs can be found here.  Below are brief descriptions for some of the [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:54-07:00July 19th, 2016|Japanese Culture and Tattoo Culture|0 Comments

The Suikoden and Japanese Tattoos

The Suikoden (The Water Margin) This print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi depicts Ju'unryu Kosonsho from the Suikoden. The vivid colours and movement in the picture make it easy to understand why these print series became so popular. They're gorgeous. The Suikoden is the Japanese translation of a classic Chinese novel titled Shui Hu Zhuan. [...]

By |2019-02-08T22:08:55-07:00January 19th, 2016|Japanese Culture and Tattoo Culture|0 Comments