There's no denying the beauty of flora. Whether it be in nature, at home or in art, flowers. In human nature, flowers are used for celebrations, given as gifts for loved ones, and are a central part in funerals. They bring beauty to any occasion and as tattoos, when done right, look absolutely stunning.
It was attending the Tesselaar Tulip Festival which really renewed my love of flowers. Sitting there in fields of tulips brought a sense of calmness over me.
Life doesn't afford us all the luxury of spending our days surrounded by nature; so what's the next best thing? Adorning your body with flower tattoos to have their beauty with you always. I'd love to add to my peony wrist tattoo and have a full sleeve of my favourite Japanese flowers
In Japanese tattooing, cherry blossoms are by far the most popular flower. However, there are many others, each as beautiful as the next, with their own unique meanings.
I researched the flowers most commonly used in Japanese tattooing and others which can be found in Japan. It was their aesthetics (how they’ll look with a black cloud background) as well as their literal meaning in Japanese which moulded my choices.
Here are my favourites, with their Japanese names and meanings:
Anemone (Anemone) – Sincere
Azalea (Tsutsuji) – Patient/Modest
Carnation (Kānēshon) – Fascination, Distinction, and Love
Cherry Blossom (Sakura) – Kind/Gentle
Chrysanthemum (Kigiku) – Imperial
Dahlia (Tenjikubotan) – Good Taste
Daisy (Hinagiku) – Faith
Forget Me Not (Wasurenagusa) – True Love
Hydrangea (Ajisai) – Pride
Lotus (Renge) – Purity
Magnolia (Magunoria) – Natural
Pansy (Panjī) – Thoughtful/Caring
Red Poppy (Hinageshi) – Fun Loving
Tiger Lily (Oniyuri) – Wealth
Violet (Sumire) – Honesty
Do you have any flower tattoos?
Which is your favourite Japanese flower/meaning?