This 3/4 Phoenix Sakura Japanese tattoo sleeve done few years ago in Germany. The tattoo shows Japanese phoenix and Sakura(cherry blossoms).
Ho-ho bird. Phoenix Tattoo.
In Japan, the phoenix is identified as the Ho-ho (alternatively, ho-o) bird. As is common in east Asia, it is a sunbird … the sun is often represented in the art form of a bird. The ho-ho bird is a messenger of goodwill comes to earth and sits on top of the torii. (More here)
Phoenix Sakura Japanese tattoo.
In Japan and China, the Mythical Phoenix is used as a symbol for the imperial household . The bird represents fire, justice, the sun, obedience, fidelity, and the southern star constellations. In some traditions the Hou-ou will apear only in peaceful and prosperous times. It is a symbol of peace when the bird appears and a symbol of disharmony when it leaves. (More)
Widely celebrated in Japanese literature, poetry, and art, sakura carry layered meanings. For example, because they bloom briefly, the blossoms are often seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of living. At the same time, the joyful tradition of hanami (flower viewing) is an old and ongoing tradition. (Source)
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