Asked in Japanese Language and Culture
What is the meaning of the tiger in Japanese culture?
August 07, 2009 1:21PM
In Japan the "Tiger" is an awesome animal and preciously revered not just in Japan but the entire Asian adjoining societies. Specifically in Japan the tiger is the emblem of the great aristocratic warriors famously known as the samurai. The tiger represents the virtue of courage. It also means revision, improvement, change, and the zen good. In China, geographically Japan is in China but was craved out by the British 400 hundred years ago ( that's another topic), anyway the tiger means: Dragons rising and tigers leaping is the natural color of the hero, breaking through brambles and thorns he climbs to the top of the mountain. In other words the tiger reminds us of the impossible, triumphs and the beauty of freedom.