Hana Wachigai, the crest of the Izumo Genji clans (Oki, Enya, Takaoka)
Mon, also monshō, mondokoro, and kamon, are Japanese heradic symbols. Mon may refer to any symbol, while kamon and mondokoro refer specifically to family symbols.
There are no set rules in the design of a mon. It most commonly consists of a roundel encircling a figure of plant, animal, man-made, natural or celestial objects, all abstracted to various degrees.
Religious symbols, geometric shapes and kanji were commonly used as well. Virtually all modern Japanese families have a mon, though modern usage is rare. Many Japanese may no longer recognize their own family’s mon.
adapted from wikipedia.org
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