Fine Japanese Calligraphy by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase


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by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

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Japanese Zodiac Tattoo Designs


Download and Print Tattoo Designs

Body Art Designs by Master Calligrapher Eri Takase

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The designs below are samples of what is available for each sign. Any given word in our Tattoo Design Catalog has about six different fonts including Block (kaisho), Cursive (sousho) and Semi-Cursive (gyousho).
 


Aquarius
mizugameza


Aries
ohitsujiza


Cancer
kaniza




Capricorn
yagiza




Gemini
futagoza




Leo
shishiza


Libra
tenbinza


Pisces
uoza


Sagittarius
iteza


Scorpio
sasoriza


Taurus
oushiza


Virgo
otomeza

 


Download and Print Tattoo Designs

Body Art Designs by Master Calligrapher Eri Takase

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Japanese Zodiac

This page shows the twelve signs of the Japanese Zodiac.

There are many different symbols for the Japanese and Chinese zodiacs. As an example the character is the common character for year of the rat. In the context of the zodiac this is clear. However, this is also the character for child and this is the most common reading. To be clear in all context the character for "year" is added as in which is read as nezumidoshi in Japanese.

Also be careful because the translations are also traditional and the modern readings and meanings are different. For example, ushi is translated as ox where the kanji used is which outside of the context of the zodiac is translated as cow. Similarly hitsuji is given as ram where the kanji used is which means sheep. In general Japanese does not distinguish animal gender and for some reason the traditional translations uses the male gender in English.

In the following designs the main character is the animal associated with the zodiac and in the upper right is the traditional name of the zodiac.

Each work is an original signed artwork by Master Calligrapher Eri Takase
 

Japanese Zodiac


Rat
nezumi / nezumidoshi
/

1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996


Ox
ushi / ushidoshi
/

1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997


Tiger
tora / toradoshi
/

1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998


Rabbit
usagi / usagidoshi
/

1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999


Dragon
tatsu / tatsudoshi
 /

1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000


Snake
hebi / hebidoshi
 /

1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001


Horse
uma / umadoshi
 /

1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002


Ram
hitsuji / hitsujidoshi
 /

1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003


Monkey
saru / sarudoshi
 /

1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 


Rooster
tori / toridoshi
 /

1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005


Dog
inu / inudoshi
 /

1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006


Boar
inoshishi / inoshishidoshi
 /

1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007



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