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Family crest in Japan, JNTO

 

What is kamon

The clan symbols, kamon, used to be very important in Japan. Each clan had a family crest of its own and these crests were widely displayed on war flags, armors, helmets, swords, kimonos, roof tiles, curtains, and even on the sidelines of the tatami flooring. Most family crests had different colors that influenced the color choice of the samurai armors. Initially, only the samurai clans had a family crest. During the late Edo period, almost every large family had a family crest that must be worn on the right and left sides of the kimono.

Family Crest

Family crest in Japan, JNTO

The samurai crests usually feature various flowers with strong roots (paulownia), leaves, crane, and a pine tree that represents longevity. The crest that looks like 3 swirls, mitsudomoe, is the common crest in Japan. It is used on the roof tiles of Shinto temples, on taiko drums and on some samurai armors. The 3 commas or 3 swirls symbolize 3 separate entities: man, earth, god. It is also used to represent Hachiman, the Shinto war god. Today some of the old family crests are reflected on famous company logos such as the Mitsubishi logo which has some roots in the founding families’ crests.

Crests

Family crest in Japan, JNTO

 

Japanese Family Crest – Kamon

  • Historically, each clan had a family crest of its own and these crests were widely displayed on war flags, armors, helmets, kimonos, roof tiles, and even on the sides of the tatami flooring of each household.
  • Most family crests had different colors that influenced the color choice of the samurai armors.
  • Today, some traditional family crests are reflected in company logos such as Mitsubishi and Kikkoman.
  • The family crest that looks like the Nazi symbol is for the Hachisuka clan, The symbol, that is upwards swastika leaning to the left side which is also called swastika, represents the Buddhist temple.
  • The crest that looks like 3 swirls, mitsudomoe, is the common crest in Japan. It is used on the roof tiles of Shinto temples, on taiko drums, and on some samurai armors. The 3 commas or 3 swirls symbolize 3 separate entities: man, earth, god. It also represents Hachiman, the Shinto war god.
Crests

Family crest in Japan, JNTO

 


 

The crests of the samurai clans

Imperial Family crest

Imperial Family crest

Tokugawa clan

Tokugawa clan

Toyotomi clan

Toyotomi clan

Hojo Clan

Hojo Clan

Minamoto Clan

Minamoto Clan

Taira Clan

Taira Clan

Fujiwara clan

Fujiwara clan

Tachibana Clan

Tachibana Clan

Takeda Clan

Takeda Clan

Date Clan

Date Clan

Shimazu Clan

Shimazu Clan

Uesugi Clan

Uesugi Clan

Maeda Clan

Maeda Clan

Mori Clan & Choshu I

Mori Clan & Choshu I

Mori Clan II

Mori Clan II

 

Asano Clan

Asano Clan

Ashikaga Clan

Ashikaga Clan

Hosokawa Clan

Hosokawa Clan

 

Akechi Mitsuhide

Akechi Mitsuhide

Ishida Mitsunari

Ishida Mitsunari

Sanada Clan

Sanada Clan

 

Ikeda Clan

Ikeda Clan

Mizuno Clan

Mizuno Clan

Satake Clan

Satake Clan

 

Fukushima Clan

Fukushima Clan

Honda Clan

Honda Clan

Kato Clan

Kato Clan

 

Amako Clan

Amako Clan

Asai Clan

Asai Clan

Kobayakawa Clan

Kobayakawa Clan
(Also the symbol of Shinto Gods)

 

Hachisuka Clan

Hachisuka Clan
(Also the Buddhist Symbol of peace)

Japanese Police crest

Japanese Police crest

Japanese Government crest

Japanese Government crest

The crests of the samurai clans

The crests of the samurai clans, JNTO

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