Kamon is a family emblem, in Japan, which were used to indicate one’s own family history,
blood line, lineage and standing from ancient times.
The origin of Kamon can be dated back to the latter period of Heian Period, in which court nobles came and went through Miyako-oji (Main street of Kyoto), proudly showing their own family emblems on the side of their elegant carriages drawn by cows. That is the origin of Kamon.
Shape of Kamon is horizontal to vertical ratio, 1:1. There are more than three hundred and fifty family emblems, their designs derived from patterns drawn from natural phenomenon like Sun, stars, mountains, rivers and clouds, and from patterns drawn from plants and animals, design patterns, tools and structures.
After many years, those family emblems were improved, altered, and
newly created like cell division, with those hitherto existing.
Published in Japan in 2006