Lotus flowers are thought of as a symbol of awakening and emergence to a better state. The basis is believed to be starts out at the bottom of a pond in the mud. As it grows towards the light to the surface of the water. Once it surfaces, it turns into a beautiful blossom. ,
Both Hinduism and Buddhism place importance on this symbol for awakening to the spiritual reality of life.
Lotus flower tattoos are also popular for people who have risen beyond a tough time they have gone through and are better for the wear and tear. The flower starting out in the mud only to rise to the top and overcome the obstacles.
The most popular Japanese flowers is the lotus and peonies and are often used in Japanese art to compliment to Koi compositions. The Koi is a symbol of strength. A positive compliment to an emerging time.