Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tattoo blooper

I found this at 100% Accurate Kanji Translation.

Here is a sad story about a man who used the WRONG Japanese kanji symbols for his tattoo design.

About a year ago, one of my Japanese friend told me a sad story about an American she met at a party.

During their conversation, he told her that he came to Japan because he had been interested in traditional Japanese culture for a long time. He also showed her the Japanese symbols tattooed on his arm.

He said the tattoo says "Wind God" in Japanese.

But, she told him the symbols actually mean "Lady" in Japanese, not "Wind God".
He thought he had the CORRECT Japanese symbols, but he did not.

Japanese words for "Wind God" is "Fujin". The symbols he should have used were:

Wind God Kanji SymbolsWind God

But, the actual words he had tattooed on his arm were:

Lady Kanji SymbolsLady

This means "Lady", but is also pronounced"Fujin".

Apparently, he had used one of the FREE Japanese translation service on the Internet, and typed the word "Fujin". The kanji symbols for "lady" came up. Obviously he did not understand the true meaning of the Kanji symbols.

So...does anybody else have a sad tattoo story? Maybe I'll share mine about a girl who had the words " the path of sanitarium is the right path..."

your friendly cyberhood

Uncle Samurai


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