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. (more information on JAANUS)

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The Gegyo mon is very rare emblem. It is said that the Yūki clan was once using a Kikyō (ballon flower) mon, but when Akechi Mitsuhide, who was also using a Kikyō mon, betrayed his lord Oda Nobunaga, the Yūki decided to change their emblem in order not to be associated with the traitor. They then created a 6-leaves design that resembled to a gegyo. The Mizuno clan and its branches also use  Gegyo emblems.

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