Opened mouth is called A-gyo (pronounced ahh-gyō), means “the beginning”. Closed mouth is called Un-gyo, means “the end”.



Hori-name is a typical way of naming tattooists in Japan. In old times carvers also used to use this way. Hori means both carving and tattooing. Normally something with two syllables follows after the

Japanese Culture


It is said that right before Confucius was born a Kirin appeared and an auspicious scroll came out from its mouth. The scroll said that child of water spirit would become a person who had a virtue of