The Legend
Symbolism and traditions
Sakura in the art of tattoo
How you could decorate your body
How you could decorate your body
Celebrities have chosen Sakura as a tattoo

Sakura – is the most beautiful, ancient and famous symbol of Japan. Its beauty and elegance are identified with the aesthetic principles and culture of this country. The flowering cycle is very often associated with the stages of human life, it reminds that each of us has to be born, flourish … then fade, and die…

 

Many people do not even think that there are different kinds of cherries. The most common sort of cherry is Somei Yoshino. It has large white magnificent flowers, but there are also varieties with pink flowers.

 

A tattoo with the image of cherry blossoms is often chosen by women. Such sketches commonly are executed in color, on different parts of the body. There is one more very important fact, it turns out that such tattoos are suitable only for adult women, while Sakura is no good for young ladies! If they wear such tattoos, their life and youth can be as short as the flowering of this Japanese wood.

The Legend

 

Once a proud and fearsome God offered Goddess of the Sun’s grandson  Ninigi to marry one of his daughters. The elder called High Rock, she was not beauty, but was reliable and wise. The younger daughter was named Blooming; she was beautiful and fragile, like a delicate flower.


Severe God hoped that Ninigi would choose High Rock. But it was not surprising that the young man chose someone as young as he, the youngest daughter – Blooming. Then fearsome God said that from that moment the life of Ninigi and Blooming’s descendants would be as beautiful as his youngest daughter, but also as fleeting, as the color of the cherry.

Symbolism and traditions

 

In Japan it means:

  • Respect for human existence
  • Grief over the death of people
  • Life vulnerability
  • “Life is too short”

 

All this is due to the very short period of its flowering.


All details of such tattoos in Japan have their own meaning: a number of flowers, their color – from white to deep pink (white color – a sign of death and sorrow, pink – life), how strong is depicted a tree, as in the European culture a sketch is seen as a whole.

 

Tattoos with the figure of cherry blossom were applied to the back of the Japanese princes and emperors, as the symbols of devotion to their country.

 

In Buddhism, this tree is a symbol of the transience of life and its inconstancy, often associated with a bygone youth and love.

In China cherry blossoms – feminine power. A branch with flowers may mean the beginning of life. Sometimes, this tree is seen as a symbol of resistance, because its flowers appear much earlier than leaves. A faded cherry – a symbol of lost hope or love.

 

Sakura in the art of tattoo

 

If you have pale skin – it will be better to put a tattoo with pink flowers, for darker skin – something white. Pictures could be both large and small, depending on what part of your body you want to put it on.


Often Sakura is combined with other symbols that can change the meaning of tattoos:

 

  1. Sakura and hummingbirds can mean femininity, tenderness.
  2. Sakura and butterflies symbolize rebirth, a vivid life, love, tenderness,
  3. With the image of a tiger such tattoos will be a sign of power and justice.

 

How you could decorate your body

 

It is also important to choose a location on your body, on which will be a blossoming Japanese tree and a suitable style for you.

 

Men vs. Women

 

Black and white cherry – a frequent choice of men, because this figure underlines  sensuality and at the same time restraint. Some believe that a tattoo in black and white leaves more room for the imagination.

 

Girls who do not want to wear huge figures choose minimalism. This style is perfect for those who have a passionate, but secretive nature, like being all private and set apart and only having a very narrow circle of close friends. A tiny, delicate sprig of cherry on a leg for a girl will be a great solution. Images of a Japanese tree on a woman’s body look great in combination with lettering, butterflies, lotus flower or peonies. Most often tattoos, according to the masters, look the best  on feet, back or the side.


If you plan a large figure, as a flowering tree as a whole, fit it on shoulders, hips, thighs, back areas between the shoulder blades or even the whole back. If the size is not large then a branch with several buds can be drawn on your arm, wrist or even behind the ear.

 

Men commonly choose a combination with wild animals such as tigers or panthers, fantastic dragons, and fish koi. In the latter case, the value of the tattoo symbolizes the quality of character – determination, and this person by his nature is a leader.

How to draw a branch of sakura

  1. Draw the basis

Draw the basis of the big branch using waving lines. The top end of the branch smoothly splits into two thinner branches.

  1. Secondary branches

Every sakura tree has small side branches. Due to such structure of the tree the distance between flowers is pretty small. That’s why the blooming of sakura is commonly associated with clouds in Japan.

Add some smaller branches to every part of the big branch. All of them should be of different size, shape, and face different directions. The nature is so diverse – there is no two fully similar plants.

  1. Erase excessive lines

As you might notice the first stage of the drawing are made schematically. This way we make a task easier to complete. To get the right image we need just to erase the unnecessary lines. Then we’ll achieve the right form of the branch of sakura.

 

  1. Draw the flower

Move on to the flowers – the centerpiece of this tree. Sakura has big flowers. Just recreate the flower you see on this pic. Attach the first flower to one of the smaller branches.

Now draw flowers on every branch

  1. Improving the drawing

In order to get a good looking drawing, don’t forget to erase all excessive lines that cross its elements. Just erase everything you don’t need.

  1. Finishing touches

In order to make the blooming sakura look naturally, apply a few more details to branches and flowers.

You can paint the drawing if you wish to.

 

Celebrities have chosen Sakura as a tattoo

 

Aubrey Fisher, Adam Levin (the vocalist of the group Maroon 5) are also owners of a blossoming tree.