12/31/09

My Family Crests (Kamon)

As for my reminder, I memorize my family crests here.
Left: My mother's family: 丸に五七の桐 maruni 5-7no kiri (5 and 7 kiri paulownia tree and flower in a circle).
Right: My father’s family: 丸に抱沢瀉 maruni idaki omodaka; (Face to face omodaka leaves and flower in a circle) 
Girls usually succeed maiden crest. However, the opportunity using kamon is drastically decreasing. It was put on armors, house gates, haoris and other festive dresses but currently we merely use them. Even my parents, they didn't recall their kamon soon when I asked...
As for kimonos, put 5 kamons (one on back, two on chests and two on sleeves) are the most formal.  Black tomesode has 5 mon crests but since Emperors family don't wear black tomesode, when you are invited imperial family, you shoud wear colored iro-tomesode and put 5 mon crests on it. It must cost a lot!

4 comments:

bunbunfu said...

Hello My Name is Michelle,

I live in the USA and have 2 kimono with your family crest on them. I would like to learn more. Please respond.

Thank you!

shino said...
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shino said...

I didn't know my family crest was so popular, wow. Since there are over 20,000 kamons in Japan.

mrtimmydee said...

Hello, my friend is a Kayano - he uses the same crest as you mother's family. Is she a Kayano, or a different family?