cherry-blossom-tattooThese days many women are getting tattoos of cherry blossoms. These cherry blossom designs have increased in popularity among first timers and old time tattoo aficionados alike. The increased popularity on the cherry blossom tattoo has lead to an increased interest associated with the symbolism and meaning of this flower in both the Japanese and Chinese cultures.
Tattoos are very personal to the person who wears them and therefore say a lot about the person. Therefore, it is important to get a tattoo for the right reason. Because cherry blossoms mean different things in Japanese and Chinese societies, you need to be aware that the people who have those backgrounds may react very differently when they first see it.

Cherry Blossoms in China

To the Chinese the cherry blossom is a symbol of power, especially for women. Therefore, if you are a woman who has a strong will who has just come out of a difficult relationship or who places a lot of value her freedom and liberty a tattoo of a cherry blossom is ideal for you. The Cherry blossom also symbolizes love.

Cherry Blossoms in Japan

In the culture of the Japanese there is a link between the blossoming of cherry trees and the reverence for life, the sadness of passing things and the transience of life. The reason for this is that the cherry blossom only appears on tress for a short time prior to them falling to the ground.

In Japan there is an association with mortality that is highly symbolic and has been used in traditional art there for many centuries. This association may make a cherry blossom tattoo unsuitable for some people. On the other hand, it may allow you to renew your appreciation for the fragility of life and help you to make the most of your brief time on Earth and may also bring you a different perspective on the hard times that you may face knowing that they will not last forever.

Getting a True Reflection of Cherry Blossom in Your Tattoo

There are numerous varieties of the cherry blossom and many people may not appreciate just how different they are. The fact is that the most common cherry tree has blossom that is mostly white and only has the slightest hint of pink on the petals.

However, the color of your tattoo may depend on your skin tone. Those people who have pale skin will definitely want more pink in the design where olive skinned or tanned people may want  white flowers in their design.