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Crests 7. Mon (emblem) Mon (紋?)

Mon (emblem)

, also monshō (紋章?) , mondokoro (紋所?) , and kamon (家紋?) , are Japanese emblems used to decorate and identify an individual or family. While mon is an encompassing term that may refer to any such device, kamon and mondokoro refer specifically to emblems used to identify a family. Mon may have originated as fabric patterns to be used on clothes in order to distinguish individuals or signify membership in a specific clan or organization. Japanese traditional formal attire generally displays the mon of the wearer. Rules regulating the choice and use of mon were somewhat limited, though the selection of mon was generally determined by social customs. There are no set rules in the design of a mon. Similar to the blazon in European heraldry, mon are also named by the content of the design, even though there is no set rule for such names. The degree of variation tolerated differ from mon to mon as well.

Virtually all modern Japanese families have a mon. Mon add formality to a kimono. Mozilla Firefox. 家紋100種. Japan Creative Center - Find Your Something Cool about Japan. Hidaka Family Emblems. Offering Japanese family crest EPS files for free. Retrievable in Japanese, alphabet and English. This flash is powered by sato38.Click the mark in the center (be carefull with sound volume). introduction All materials we offer here are EPS data.

Offering Japanese family crest EPS files for free. Retrievable in Japanese, alphabet and English.

It's editable with no degradation called vector data. But you need Adobe Illustrator application(upper than ver.10) to edit. If you are Macintosh user, you can convert into pdf data through PREVIEW application. Click thumbnails and you can download Japanese family crest. 283 items are dowloadable now. last update:26/10 About copyright All datas here are made by myself by real tracing jpeg data or pictures. Mon (emblem) Taira clan. Taira clan (平氏, Hei-shi?)

Taira clan

Was a major Japanese clan of samurai, extremely skilled in the art of jujitsu in historical Japan. In reference to Japanese history, along with Minamoto, Taira was a hereditary clan name bestowed by the emperors of the Heian period to certain ex-members of the imperial family when they became subjects. The Taira clan is often referred to as Heishi (平氏? , literally "Taira clan") or Heike (平家? , literally "House of Taira"), using the character's Chinese reading hei.

Offshoots of the imperial dynasty, some grandsons of Emperor Kammu were first given the name Taira in 825 or later. The Kammu Heishi line, founded in 889 by Taira no Takamochi (a great-grandson of the 50th Kammu tenno, reigned 781–806), proved to be the strongest and most dominant line during the late Heian period with Taira no Kiyomori eventually forming the first samurai-dominated government in the history of Japan. Mon: Family Crests of Samurai Clans. The picture above is a parade of the Top Ten among Japanese family crests, i.e. their basic designs have been most often used in cranking up other family crests since before the first thousand years.

Mon: Family Crests of Samurai Clans

Besides the 18-petalled golden chrysanthemum, which is the Imperial Family's crest, the most widespread crest designs consist of the following (the clans that are mentioned first are those whose crests are shown as examples of each category in the main picture above): Some used dots to form flowers and such -- like the famous clans under Oda Nobunaga's overlordship: Maeda, Kuki, Tsutsui, Hosokawa. The Chiba clan also used dots as flower petals.

The Rusu, Nasu, and Kusunoki clans incorporated a chrysanthemum in their crests, signifying the imperial DNA in their ancestors' veins. A few unimaginatively used kanji, such as the mighty Mori, the blunderer Ishida, and a number of well-known warrior clans like Honda, Ukita, Hara, Inoue, and Murakami. Why did the Japanese bother to find family crests? Design guide "MON" (Japanese Culture) eBook: Momoyo Nishimura, Myanna Lennon, Reiko Nishida: Englische Bücher. Samurai Heraldry (Elite): Stephen Turnbull, Angus McBride: Englische Bücher. Snow, Wave, Pine: Traditional Patterns in Japanese Design: Motoji Niwa, Sadao Hibi, Jay W. Thomas: Englische Bücher. Elements Of Japanese Design: Handbook Of Family Crests, Heraldry & Symbolism: Handbook of Family Crests, Heraldry and Symbolism: John Dower: Englische Bücher. Traditional Japanese Family Crests for Artists and Craftspeople Dover Pictorial Archives: Isao Honda: Englische Bücher.