This tattoo started with the little japanese symbol for my 18th birthday. It means daughter. No matter what happens or where i am in the world or life, i will always be someone's daughter. Whether through blood or the random families i have aquired over the years.
For my 21st birthday, i added the Cherry Blossom Tree. which has a few meanings in general
"Japanese samurai used to contemplate death. This was not some morbid fixation. Admitting their own mortality forced the warriors to accept that life is a precious and fleeting gift. They regarded the cherry blossom as a symbol of this insight. Cherry blossoms bloom for a brief period and then fall at the very height of their beauty. To the samurai this was a melancholy reminder of death amidst life. It was an example of great beauty and sadness."
The fallen cherry blossom is used to represent a samuri who has fallen in battle...
When i was overseas, My grandad passed away. I didnt get to see him when he was sick nor did my parents want me to come home after he died as we didnt have a funeral for him. For me the cherry blossoms are a reminder of him.