not sure if i have posted about them before, but if not, all the info you are after can be found here!
I am really not sure, yin yang is a chinese/daoist thing, not japanese, maybe ju unryu kosonsho? from memory he was a daoist magician?
do a search on yatagarasu, I may have posted about this previously! :)
No reason at all, youkai are always awesome as tattoos!
I am, that is Ryuotaro, if you have a look through the archives I posted all the info I could find on him, it’s a tricky one, I had to find the story of him from an anime called dragon boy taro, I haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, but sounds like it would be worth checking out. I am currently working on a painting of him, and will probably be selling prints soon, I will post it up when completed! :)
I had previously posted about Yasha, not really knowing too much information about the subject, but have recently come across the story from horitada.. check it out, if you check the tags you will see some reference pics, cheers
The story of Yasyagatsuji
Long time ago ,there was the place where was called “Yashagtsuji”
it means demon’s crossroads,60km away from the village.
It is said that a demon appeared there night after night, hunted people.
The demon of the crossroads was the incarnation of sad grudge of the poor woman.
The villagers lived not to come near around the crossroads Yashagatsuji.
But some of travelers who hurried on the way to the village set foot in the crossroads,
the shortcut to the village. Most of them didn’t come back alive.
The demon who ate much human lifeblood got old and the grudge got weak.
One day, the demon became the figure of the snake and disappeared in the thicket.
Since then no one see the demon.
It is also said that the demon hunted 107 people,108the was the priest.
The prayer to Budda by him changed the demon into the snake.
Try the archives, I think I have made a post about him previously on here, there is a little writing about him here also http://web.archive.org/web/20010713081853/http://www.kiseido.com/printss/ji.html
Hey mate, that’s alot to put in one piece, there is a few images here that don’t really fit together also, sakura aren’t traditionally pictured with branches, I think I might have covered the reason in my flower post, cherry blossoms only bloom for a few weeks before dying, which is a metaphor for life, beautiful but short lived, so they are seen falling… they also bloom in a different season to chrysanthemum, so they aren’t depicted together. Snake is generally paired with peony/botan, but alot of people will still pair with sakura.
I personally wouldn’t try to put all of this in one piece, If I were to design this, I would go simply with a Hawk dueling with a snake, surrounded by cherry blossoms, or even pine needles.. and maybe work a skull or 2 in the background..
A good thing to remember is your tattoo should be recognisable from a distance, if there is too much shit going on, it will just look like a jumbled up mess to someone a few feet away, keep it simple!
No idea to be honest! lol, I personally would go with your buddhist patron, which you can find here in the zodiac chart http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/12-zodiac.shtml
But that is just my suggestion, I would ask whoever does your tattoo on their recommendations..
Good luck, I am sure whatever it is, it will be great!