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Concise Information About Asian Family Symbols

By Takamitsu Hairi
Family holds a significant position in the culture of Japan even till today. This is one of the reasons why the idea of the Family Crest still remains today. The origins of the concept can however be traced back to the 12th century. In Japan the family symbol are known by the name of Ka-Mon. Ka means family which has its own genealogical trees and Mon stands for emblem or crest.

A similar concept rose around the same time in European history. This was known as the coat of arms. These facts have inspired many people to explore the similarities between the family crest in both the cultures.

There are various complicated aspects for the Japanese family symbols. Hence it has never been easier to make sense of these symbols with some silly explanations.

The mon as the Japanese symbol for family is known has no real restricted set of rules. The most common feature is that of a disc which is encompassing the figure of an animal, plants, celestial or natural bodies and even man-made objects.

Kanji symbols are usually found in Japanese family symbols. Religious symbols and geometrical patterns also can be seen. The whole lot of these things are put down in a abstract manner.

Although there are no set restrictions when it comes to the designing of the mon it gets its name from the contents that are featured in its design. The name of the mon does not really reflect its depiction rather it only seeks to explain it. The blazon in the mon is not in perspective and this makes it quite different from the European crest. The designs that are illustrated on the mon come into their formalized fashion as they get the label of tradition through the passage of time.

Normally we find that a mon is monochromatic in colour. In fact however the colour does not amount to the design and hence there is no such restriction on the use of colour. Although modern usage is rare you will still find many modern Japanese families to have a mon. It is a fact that many Japanese people may be unable to single out their own family’s mon in today’s times.

When a family is in need of identifying their mon, the temple records that keep the registries of the ancestral places of people will come with help. There are so many other ways to identify the mon of every family when they are required.

Some of the packed food items that come from Japan are marked with mon. You can avail a mon simply from the market or a craft shop to be used for your roof tiles and interior decorations.

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