Koi Japanese tattoo full sleeve. Koi and lotus.
Koi Japanese tattoo full sleeve where Koi Fish is climbing the water fall. Koi meaning in Japan is good fortune or luck they also are associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose, the Koi fish symbolize good luck, abundance and perseverance. Symbolic in Buddhism is to represent courage. Today the fish are considered to be symbolic of advancement materially and spiritually.
According to Japanese legend, if a koi fish succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.
Another legend states that the koi climb the waterfall bravely, and if they are caught, they face their death on the cutting board bravely like a samuri. In Japan, the word koi refers primarily to the wild variety. As a result, many of the country’s symbolic meanings for the fish refer to the wild variety instead of the fish species as a whole. One of the primary reasons the fish is symbolic in Japanese culture is because it is known for swimming upstream no matter what the conditions are. These fish are even said to swim up waterfalls. This is viewed as an absolute show of power because they will continue to swim upstream as if on a mission. They cannot be distracted or deterred by anything. Koi’s swimming downstream are considered bad luck.
Symbols of strength and masculinity in Japan, Koi are know there as the “warrior’s fish”. (Source)
Koi Japanese full sleeve tattoo. Lotus.
The lotus flower is not your average flower — it is a power flower! It is bigger than life, bigger than you and me. But you too can grasp the essence of the lotus.
The lotus flower is revered in Japan for its ability to rise from the dirty, murky waters to bloom into a beautiful pure flower. This process symbolizes attaining enlightenment. The idea is that we can rise above human suffering in the same way as the lotus by moving from the lowest to the highest state of consciousness. If I ever do manage it, I only hope I’ll look as good.
Like all flowers, beauty is fleeting so even the lotus flower must die. This shows the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth. Unless of course you reach nirvana, in which the cycle ends as you reach a state sans suffering. Although the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment, I wonder if it ever reaches nirvana. I also wonder what kind of suffering the lotus bloom endures. (Source)