|Related Symbols:||実 (jitz: reality), 現 (gen: existence)|
|Compound Words:||真実 (genjitz: truth), 真剣 (sunken: serious)|
Japanese symbol for genuineness. The concept of the symbol is deeply related to Japanese typical religion Zen, in which it is highly important to understand and focus on what is real or genuine. Above all, it looks pretty cool.
Used to be written as “眞.” The upper part indicates a spoon, the lower a container. Putting altogether, it shows a container filled up with something and “useful.” Then then meaning turned to “genuine” from “useful.”
The symbol is in common use and many idioms are formed with it. For instance, “真心” (magokoro: faith), “真実” (shinjitz: truth), and 真剣 (shin ken: serious) are the good examples. Also used in both mens’ and women’s first names.
Who to get this symbol for tattoo
The symbol is good for those who pursuit what is genuine. It means much more than it literally does if you are into something like Zen Buddhism. Even if you are not yet into something you believe in, don’t hesitate to get it for tattoo. Get it, then get started.