Animals

Kamon Categories – Animals.

Animals represent a rather small portion of the whole Japanese heraldry’s corpus. Most of the animal emblems depict either insects or birds. Interestingly enough, mon figuring mammals are extremely rare: we only find rabbits and horses. One may think that since the rabbit and the horse are both animals of the Chinese zodiac, there might be kamon representing the other mammals (rat, ox, tiger, goat, monkey, dog, pig), but those crests simply don’t exist. There are indeed a few mon that feature a shishi, a sort of mythological lion. Also, a couple insignias show a bat, but it was probably considered a bird rather than a mammal in those days. Also, surprisingly for an island, no fish made its way into Japan’s heraldic tradition. Finally not a single kamon represents a human being or body parts, as if it was somehow a taboo…

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chidori emblem Chidori (plover)
Chō
lobster emblem Ebi (lobster)
Hamaguri
Hato
Hōō
Hoya
 Itayagai
Maru ni Futatsu Kai  Kai (shell)
turtle emblem  Kame (turtle)
crab emblem  Kani (crab)
 Karasu/Oshidori
 Karigane/kari
 Mukade
 Ryū
 Shishi & Botan
 Suzume
 Takanoha/taka
 Tori
 Tsubame
 Tsuru
Sōma Tsunagi Uma  Uma (horse)
Mamuki Usagi  Usagi (rabbit)