In Japan, three writing systems are used. Kanji is the oldest among these and using this script whilst making a tattoo is a popular choice among many who wish to get inked. The thing to keep in mind is that you should be sure about the meaning of the tattoo that you use.
First of all decide on the meaning of your tattoo. Kanji is a foreign language and this should be kept in mind that not all translations carry the same meaning that you intend to send. You may want the name of your loved one, or something that represents something that matters to you like Patience, Serenity, Loyalty, Strength or Love.
Instead of depending on the tattoo designer to interpret the language for you in order to use it as a design on your body, do the research yourself as many of these designers may not use authentic translation books. Therefore consult a true speaker of the language itself to avoid any wrong translation.
Seek the internet for popular phrases or symbols in Kanji that you can use for your tattoos. There are also translation tools on the net so you can search for a word multiple times on different websites in order to find the most accurate.
Books are useful references when it comes to research on Kanji related symbols or words. Using then will enhance your research and will allow you to compare the symbols with the more popular ones that have been used often. The books can be found in the library or at some tattoo shops if they have one.
Refer to someone who knows the language fluently and one who can translate your desired word for you. If you do not know someone, then visit the language department of some college who can assist you with the Kanji language and translate it for you.
One can also pay for the service of translating the words into Kanji. There are many translator services available but they of course require a fee to translate your words. Although such services require money, it is better to be accurate with your tattoo rather than use an incorrectly translated design on your body. Valerie Althorpe