Kirisute Gomen (kirisutegomen)

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Here we offer 8 different hand-brushed Japanese Kirisute Gomen tattoo designs by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. For these Kirisute Gomen tattoo designs the fonts are different, but the characters and the meaning are the same. So order the style you like - the meaning is the same for each design.

Kirisute Gomen in Japanese is 斬捨て御免 which is read kirisutegomen. The Japanese expression kirisutegomen is now in modern American culture in both song and film thanks to the James Bond novel You Only Live Twice where the villain Blofeld asks of Bond, "Have you ever heard the Japanese expression kirisute gomen?" and Bond replies, "Spare me the Lafcadio Hearn".

Originally this was the title for the right of a samurai to cut down a commoner for a perceived offense. This expression is not commonly used today but when it is, it is with "subtle humour in offering what amounts to an unsympathetic apology". For the background on this phrase please visit the Wikipedia Article - Kirisute Gomen.

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 Kirisute Gomen (kirisutegomen) which links to the independent Jeffrey's Japanese English Dictionary.

Immediately Download Your Kirisute Gomen Japanese Tattoo


With your order, you receive everything you need for the perfect Kirisute Gomen Japanese Tattoo. The tattoo design comes as an Adobe PDF file which means it will print exactly as Master Takase brushed the design. And this includes the line art, also called a stencil, that your tattoo artist must have to properly ink the design.

When your order is placed, you can immediately download your Japanese tattoo design. Then just print it and take it to your favorite tattoo artist. Your tattoo artist does not need to know Japanese. The Adobe PDF file contains everything you need and everything your tattoo artist needs to properly ink the design.

Getting your perfect Japanese Tattoo really is this easy.

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