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  • the japanese heraldry NHK’s “Japanology Plus” on Kamon

    A NHK program in English about Japanese Heraldry.

  • kamon Kamon Construction

    Several people have asked me how kamon were designed and drawn in the past. Well the answer is with ink, rulers, compasses and a bit of free hand drawing. Since […]

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  • Konoe Botan Database New Entry: Botan

    Kamon Database – Botan Figure: Peony. 牡丹 The peony was brought to Japan from China around the 9th century. In China it was called the “king of flowers” and thus Botan […]

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  • Maru ni Chigiri Database New Entry: Chigiri

    Kamon Database – Chigiri Figure: wood joinery. 榺 The chigiri  is a Japanese dovetail wood joinery. As an insignia, the Chigiri mon is rather ancient. The Ogasawara clan was using the chigiri as […]

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  • Futamata Daikon no Maru Database New Entry: Daikon

    Kamon Database – Daikon Figure: raphanus sativus (white radish). 大根 The Daikon mon is a rare insignia. It was seen in the past as an auspicious symbol. The Honjō and the Tomita clans used […]

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