The 10 best-used & best-known Kamon


【The 10 best-used and best-known Kamon】

Each family line in Japan has a family crest which is the symbol of the family and has been inherited from ancestors. It is called kamon. The kamon culture has been spread from aristocrats to samurais and to the general public, and there exist over 20,000 kinds of kamon today. The unique Japanesque sense and the abundant designs of kamon have gathered attention from all over the world, and kamon has become popular. It is said that the famous monogram of the fashion house Louis Vuitton was inspired by kamon too! Kamon does not only represent each family tree, but is also an important heritage which contains a wish for prosperity of the house as well as family members. Various motifs from animals to daily necessities are used for kamon; the characteristics and the origins are all very interesting.   In this article, we introduce the 10 best-used and best-known kamon in Japan.  


 

<1. 鷹の羽紋:Takanoha-mon (wings of a hawk)>

Kamon with hawk feathers as a motif. People in old times praised the strength and the courage of hawks, and this motif has been used as a “symbol of authority”. This kamon was very popular among samurais in the Edo period, and there are about 70 kinds of kamon which uses hawk feathers as a motif.    

<2. 片喰紋:Katabami-mon (Oxalis)>

A plant crest with oxalis as a motif. Oxalis is known for its strong reproductive power, and this kamon contains a wish for prosperity of descendants. There are about 120 kinds of kamon with oxalis, which has pretty heart-shaped leaves, as a motif.

The detail of Katabami-mon jewelry

 

<3. 木瓜紋:Mokko-mon (flowering quince)>

Mokko mon (flowering quince crest) is widely known as the kamon for Japan’s most famous samurai lord, Nobunada Oda. Kamon with flowering quince as a motif signifies prosperity of descendants and good luck, and there are about 120 kinds of this kamon.      

<4. 藤紋:Fuji-mon (Wisteria)>

Mokko mon (flowering quince crest) is widely known as the kamon for Japan’s most famous samurai lord, Nobunada Oda. Kamon with flowering quince as a motif signifies prosperity of descendants and good luck, and there are about 120 kinds of this kamon.    

<5.桐紋:Kiri-mon ( Paulownia)>

Kamon with paulownia flowers or leaves as a motif. Paulownia trees have been regarded as sacred as the myth shows, and kiri mon, along with kiku mon (chrysanthemum crest), is used for the imperial family. It was also used on the kamon of one of the most famous samurai lords, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. There are about 150 types of this kamon.    

<6.蔦紋:Tsuta-mon ( Ivy)>

Kamon with ivy, which has been loved as a pattern since the old times in Japan, as a motif. Its elegant shape and the life force to survive by covering all things were favored by actors and geisha. There are about 80 kinds of kamon with an ivy motif.

The detail of Tsuta-mon jewelry

 

<7.茗荷紋:Myoga-mon ( Japanese ginger)>

Kamon with Japanese ginger, the autumn plant which grows in Japan, as a motif. The word myoga (Japanese ginger) also signifies “to be blessed by gods”, and therefore is regarded as an auspicious plant. There are about 60 types of kamon with Japanese ginger as a motif.

The detail of Myoga-mon jewelry

 

<8.沢瀉紋:Omodaka-mon (Threeleaf arrowhead)>

Kamon with threeleaf arrowhead, which has beautiful white flowers in summer, as a motif. It is also called a “winning plant” in Japan, and thus was spread as a kamon for samurais. There are about 80 types of kamon with threeleaf arrowhead as a motif.    

<9.橘紋:Tachibana-mon (Mandarin orange)>

Kamon with a fruit and leaves of tachibana citrus as a motif. Tachibana is known for its fragrance, and since it is evergreen, it signifies “eternity” in Japan. This plant is a must-have for celebrations. There are about 80 kinds of kamon with a tachibana motif.

The detail of Myoga-mon jewelry

 

<10.柏:Kashiwa-mon (Oak leaves)>

Kamon with oak leaves, which were used as plates in the ancient times, as a motif. Oak is known as the “hamori no kami (tree-protecting god)” and regarded as a “tree in which gods reside”. Kamon with oak leaves as a motif is mostly used by families of Shinto priests, and there exist about 120 different types.    


  Kamon is a symbol which every individual can have freely regardless of rank or identity. You can even design a crest and use it as your own kamonAtlier Hanae, the studio in Kyoto, creates kamon silver jewelry which combines traditional kamon with a modern taste.

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