The Anbu tattoo is a popular symbol in Japanese culture. It is a symbol that represents strength and loyalty, and is oftentimes given to members of Japan’s elite military forces, such as the Special Assault Teams, or S.A.T. The design typically consists of three vertical lines, often modified with tribal or other designs. It is believed to symbolize the process by which a person can become successful in the physical and intellectual disciplines required by the military—namely, strength of body and mind, focus, and dedication. In a more general sense, the Anbu tattoo is a symbol of self-discipline, self-defense, and the ability to overcome adversity to defeat any obstacle.