family crest (kamon)

Keeping Japan’s Ancient Family Crest Tradition Alive in Today’s World

As modernization continues to assimilate other cultures into one global culture, Japan is battling over the preservation of its traditions; and one of these traditions is the use of the family crest (kamon) and the incorporation of it into their daily lives. The use of crest or symbols in Japan to represent kinship has continued…

5 Important Motifs from Japanese Family Crests

Unlike in Europe where family crests were used to distinguish nobility from commoners, Japan’s family crests (kamon) were not only exclusive to noblemen. The use of family crests also extended to samurai warriors and commoners. Although the kamon was exclusive only to nobility during the eighth century, it then became a symbol of identity or…