Basic 4 : Kanji

"Modern with Modern,Original with Original.
In my opinion, the two should not be mixed"

[ Outline ]

Kanji is a necessary part of the social life in Japan. Because of this, it is very suitable to have a design in kanji as a tattoo. There are more than 10,000 different types of Kanji written in a Kanji dictionary. However, the Japanese government enacted a law that describes only 2,000 Kanji as being common Kanji, while the rest are deemed unnecessary.
Every Kanji has a proper stroke order. This means there is a definite and specific way to write each individual Kanji. If you write it properly, you can make the most beautifully proportioned and balanced Kanji. However, if a tattoo designer does a tattoo with the strokes in the wrong order, it may come out looking weird. Because of this, you must not make light of the way Kanji is written.
In Japan, after only six years of being in school, we have already learned 1,000 different Kanji and have a strong foundation for building the basics. Now some Japanese can read and write them all, but still, there are some that don't since there are now computers and devices that can automatically translate words.
Each Kanji has a unique and specific meaning although several different figures may actually have the same pronunciation. You must be very careful about choosing a Kanji based off of how it sounds. You must make sure the Kanji is the right Kanji that you want because you might get it wrong if you only go off of the pronunciation.
Every word is pronounced " ko i ".
恋 love | 故意 intention | 鯉 a carp | 来い come on | 濃い deep
Kanji is merely an image or a symbol for people who don't use Japanese as their native language. However, every Kanji has a very unique and specific meaning and we Japanese will immediately catch the meaning of each Kanji written. There is always the possibility that someone who does not understand the language will use it incorrectly.
There might also be the case where someone might try to maliciously and intentionally teach you the wrong meanings simply because you have no way of knowing if it is correct or not. Japan is Japan, and we Japanese have been developing a unique culture since ancient times. Please, please don't be cheated out of your honor by an immoral and dishonest person. If you have some doubt at anytime, please, everyone feel free to ask me.
Typical bad examples:
男性性器 a man's sex organs
性行為 a sex act
犯罪者 a criminal
殺人者 a homicide
変態  abnormality
テロリスト a terrorist
馬鹿外人 a foolish foreign person
巨根 a big boner
Now just imagine a situation where these words are written on your body. Of course if you use them on purpose, completely aware of their meaning, then there is no problem, but if not …

[ The Original Kanji and The Modern Kanji ]

Just as with Hiragana and Katakana, most (but not all) common Kanji were also changed at the same time to be more simplified. Because some Kanji were completely changed, younger people may not even be able to read or write the original Kanji at all. Today, book, newspaper, sign, and TV show are just some examples of words that are written only in modern Kanji.
Kanji is a pictograph, and the original Kanji actually caught the original figure from the objects the words described. Modern Kanji does not necessarily follow this same pattern. As a result, the original Kanji for original Japanese and the modern Kanji for modern Japanese, should NOT be mixed.
Because even the Japanese don't learn the original Kanji in compulsory education, people must learn it by themselves despite there being no specific textbook. (I learned it by myself.) So it is not easy to get the original forms of Kanji, therefore, if you do happen to use them, it would be awesome and very unique. This is why I will recommend the original Kanji (Japanese) for those of you who are particular about the preciousness of our old language.
the soul
cherry blossoms
an agency
a chicken
a bug
a firefly
a voice
a dragon
a tortoise
barley / wheat

[ Modern with Modern,Original with Original ]

Because both of them are still Japanese, it will be Japanese even if you mix them. However, mixing both original and modern Kanji can be both interesting and very challenging. It is relatively like a modern art. If my understanding is correct however, a tattoo should be something that is holy and pious, and as a result, those of you who are not natives to the language should stick to using either just the original or the modern without mixing them.

I am also
Orii Souan, a Japanese Painter. You can see samples of Japanese calligraphy on my paintings at my another site . I hope you can get some good idea for your tattoo.