- 2.1" W x 1.3" H,US$12.95
- 1.1" W x 2.4" H,US$12.95
- 1.6" W x 3.4" H,US$13.95
- 1.6" W x 3.6" H,US$13.95
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Improvement" makes the perfect gift for anyone in the quality control industry and is an appropriate gift for both the home and office.
The Japanese word %l means "Improvement" and specifically "Incremental and continuous improvement". kaizen is composed of the kanji 改 (read kai) meaning "change; renew; amend; reformation" and 善 (read zen) meaning "good; virtuous".
This design reminds us that improvement really is a continuous process and Perfection is never achieved. R. H. Blyth in Zen and Zen Classics Volume One explains a fundamental of Zen Buddhism as "Holding to the One is not Truth." There is no Perfect, there is only the journey.
In his book The Japanese Have a Word for It: The Complete Guide to Japanese Thought and Culture Boye Lafayette De Mente uses the translation of kaizen as "Nothing is Ever Good Enough". He writes "Kai zen literally means 'continuous improvement,' and is a concept that has permeated Japanese culture since ancient times. It means, simply, that the Japanese are driven by an innate urge to continuously strive to improve both the form of the things they make as well as the manufacturing technology and process." He went on to write, "The historical factor that gave rise to the kai zen concept was the master-apprentice approach that was applied throughout the arts and crafts, from the making of pottery and bamboo baskets to the painting of wall scrolls. As the centuries passed, acceptable standards became higher and higher until finally even the most mundane article was expected to be a work of art.
Translations You Can Trust: We want you to be as happy with the Japanese translation as you are with Master Takase's beautiful art. So we have made it easy to confirm the translation for yourself by simply clicking on Improvement (kaizen) which links to the independent Jeffrey's Japanese English Dictionary. You can also verify the translation using Yahoo's dictionary entry Improvement (kaizen).
Hand-Brushed Art: Our hand-brushed art is personally created and signed by Master Takase. All the unframed and framed options are on handmade Japanese paper that we import directly from the papermaker in Kochi, Japan. The hand-brushed art is created when your order is placed: These are not mass produced, but rather individual works of art. And, when the design allows, we also offer the art as a beautiful Japanese Scroll. See the individual design for all the available options.
All art is completed and mailed within 1-3 business days including our framed art. Mailing is from the continental United States so domestic orders will arrive within a few days of ordering.Tattoo Design (Adobe PDF ) provides you with everything you need for the perfect Japanese tattoo including the line art (also called a stencil) that your tattoo artist must have to correctly ink the design.
Tattoo Designs Immediately Available
So all you need to do is print the design and take it to your favorite tattoo artist. Your tattoo artist does need to know Japanese! You get your design immediately when your order is placed. There is no waiting! Getting the perfect Japanese tattoo really is just this easy.
Commercial: Each design may be ordered as a graphic image in JPG format in the resolutions 72 dpi, 300 dpi and 600 dpi. The lower resolutions are suitable for websites and crafts. The higher resolutions are suitable for print such as marketing material, advertisements and book illustrations. See the Licensing Agreement for usage information.
- 2.4" W x 1.2" H, Block (kaisho), HorizontalUS$12.95
- 3.6" W x 1.6" H, Block (kaisho), HorizontalUS$13.95
- 2.1" W x 1.3" H, Cursive (sousho), HorizontalUS$12.95
- 3.4" W x 2.0" H, Cursive (sousho), HorizontalUS$13.95
- 2.4" W x 1.2" H, Semi-Cursive (gyousho), HorizontalUS$12.95
- 3.5" W x 1.8" H, Semi-Cursive (gyousho), HorizontalUS$13.95
- 1.1" W x 2.4" H, Block (kaisho), VerticalUS$12.95
- 1.5" W x 3.3" H, Block (kaisho), VerticalUS$13.95
- 0.8" W x 2.3" H, Cursive (sousho), VerticalUS$12.95
- 0.9" W x 2.2" H, Cursive (sousho), VerticalUS$12.95
- 1.6" W x 3.6" H, Cursive (sousho), VerticalUS$13.95
- 1.0" W x 2.4" H, Semi-Cursive (gyousho), VerticalUS$12.95
- 1.6" W x 3.4" H, Semi-Cursive (gyousho), VerticalUS$13.95
- 1.7" W x 3.5" H, Semi-Cursive (gyousho), VerticalUS$13.95