Kamon Database


Kamon Database – Gegyo Figure: Roof gable decoration. 懸魚 A gegyo is a decorative wooden board used to cover the ridge and purlin ends on a roof gable. It is believed that gegyo were originally carved in the shape of fish as a charm against fire, and were introduced to Japan from China. For more information about Gegyo, follow this link.Read More →

Maru ni Chanomi

Kamon Database – Chanomi Figure: Tea seed. 茶の実 The Chanomi mon must not be mistaken with the Tachibana mon, which looks similar. It is said that the Tachibana mon was designed first, then later transformed to create the Chanomi emblem. There isn’t much literature about these kamon, and only about a dozen clans (Murata, Souma, Mita…) ever chose to use it. For more information about Chanomi, follow this link.Read More →

Konoe 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 mon became one of the most authoritative insignias after the Kiku, the Kiri and the Aoi. The first house to use a peony as kamon was the Konoe at the beginning of the 13th century. For more information about Botan, follow this link.Read More →

Maru ni 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 one of their emblems. For more information about Chigiri, follow this link.Read More →

Futamata Daikon no Maru

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 to bear the white radish emblem. For more information about Daikon, follow this link.Read More →

Maru ni Kumo

Kamon Database – Kumo Figure: cloud. 雲 The cloud is a rather rare insignia, often used by priests or as a sacred ground’s emblem. Some famous temples in Kyoto, like the Tōji Temple, use the Kumo mon. For more information about Kumo, follow this link.Read More →

Hidari Kake Uma

Kamon Database – Uma Figure: horse. 馬 The Sōma clan is famous for using a horse insignia. The clan eventually split in two, one branch residing in what is nowadays Chiba prefecture, and the other branch moving up to the Fukushima area. For more information about Uma, follow this link.Read More →

Jiku-chigai Mitsu Ichō

Kamon Database – Ichō Figure: Ginkgo biloba. 銀杏 The Ichō mon is a rather common emblem that comes in many variations. It is believed that the Tokugawa clan used to bear a ichō mon before definitely adopting the Aoi insignia. The noble House of Asukai used  as their insignia a combination of ginkgo leaves and cherry blossom. For more information about Ichō, follow this link.Read More →