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Up to 10,000 or more ?! Detailed Study of Japanese "Kamon"

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Bananako@MaDeLa.

Apr 11 ,2018

Do you know the "kamon" widely used in Japan? Actually, the ancient kamon was used to express his family and status, however, nowadays, kamon has been popularized in the Japanese corporate logo, comics, and even the trademark of LOUIS VUITTON. So it is very close to everyday life now.

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It was recorded for the first time in "Gukansh"(1220) that a Japanese aristocrat used "mon" so that he could distinguish his ox cart quickly and easily, this is the earliest record of kamon. Later, during the war, in order to distinguish both sides on the war, several kamons were used on flags and helmets. Soon the "kamon" was spread among civilians and became a mark to distinguish the family (surname).

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Oda Nobunaga…Oda Ka-Kamon is a plant pattern which bears a small fruit like apple. This kind of kamon may help people associate it with the bird's nest, so it contains the meaning of prosperity of children! As opinions vary, no unanimous conclusion can be drawn.

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi…Kirikamon was obtained by Toyotomi Hideyoshi from Oda Nobunaga. From then on, the design of kamon was slowly changed. Originally, the kamon was only allowed to be used by the family of Mikado, but at that time it was also suitable for Hideyoshi who governed the whole Japan!

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Takeda Shingen …The Takedabishi-Kamon was originated from Chinese character "田" which is the combination of four small diamonds.It is said that it represents the cohesion and stability.

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Onikabuto is the kamon based on ghosts, their faces are very cool, giving person with cold, harsh feeling.

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The flying gorgeous phoenix completely break people's expectations on kamon.

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The moon surrounded by the suns seems shining in the deep blue, giving a mysterious feeling to human being.

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Positive Radish Mon...Until now, this is the first time I find such random kamon. Radish can also become such a gorgeous kamon!

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Gloomy Plum Kamon...Why can only get a glimpse of a little plum blossom? I think this kamon is a little restrained.

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Adding the banana mon around a circle...I call it Bananako. As you can see, my name is related to bananas, so I made a Bananako! I did not expect to be particularly simple!

What do you think? The kamon is more lively than what you've imagined. You might as well go to the gift shop to find your own kamon!

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