Samurais Crests – Part 1

Japanese crests, or mon or kamon, are used to represent a family, an individual or a clan. They usually represent animals, plants, natural and man-made objects and were vastly used for battle on flags and equipments.

Let’s take a look at what the crests of famous clans looked like during the Sengoku period.

- Oda clan

Oda emblem Samurais Crests   Part 1

The Oda clan’s crest is called the Oda Mokkou and is believed to represent the flowering quince or Japanese quince.

- Sanada clan

Sanada mon Samurais Crests   Part 1

The Sanada clan’s famous crest is called Rokumonsen which means and represents six coins. These coins are believed to be needed to cross the river of the underworld. By using this crest, Yukimura Sanada wanted to show he was never afraid of death during battle.

- Takeda clan

Takeda mon Samurais Crests   Part 1

The Takeda clan was the one in control of the Kai Province and rival to the Uesugi clan. Their crest represents four diamonds.

- Tokugawa clan

Tokugawa mon Samurais Crests   Part 1

The Tokugawa clan ruled Japan as shoguns starting the end of the Edo period. Their crest is called the Maruni-mitsubaaoi (“Circle Around Three Hollyhock Leaves”) and symbolizes a “triple hollyhock”.

- Uesugi clan

Uesugi mon Samurais Crests   Part 1

Their crest represents two flying swallows in bamboo.

That’s all for now! We’ll look at other clan’s crest next time.