How do I find this Japanese word for a tattoo?

Kanji list at tattoo parlour
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In order to find a word for a tattoo, you need to first of all translate what you want to say into appropriate Japanese, and then get it written using good quality calligraphy. See What are the different styles of Japanese lettering? for more about the different styles of writing Japanese. This is a difficult job, so be careful, otherwise you'll end up tattooed with something inappropriate. See also How do I write my name in Japanese?

One good idea is to ask people before having your tattoo done whether the Japanese is correct or not. If you don't have any real Japanese people to ask, see Internet forums for a list of web forums you might try asking on.

Frequent problems seen with tattoos include:

  • Poor quality writing of various kinds, including:
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