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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Kamon Generator Create Your Own Japanese Family Crest

Have you ever wished you had your own Japanese family crest? Kamon means ‘family crest’ in Japanese, and are emblems used to identify a family in Japan.


Kamon (Japanese Family Crests): Ancient Key to Samurai Culture

There is a kind of crest in Japan called a kamon, first used in the era of the Heike and Genji (a.k.a. the Taira and Fujiwara) to distinguish the clans of the time. Indicating family and lineage, kamon evolved to become the family names of today. Differing in nuance from the coat of arms and emblems of Europe, kamon are considered a unique part of Japanese culture.

The History of Family Crests

The origin of kamon goes back to the Heian period (794 to 1185), but scholars say it was the Warring States period (late 1400s to 1590) in which they truly proliferated. There were many conflicts during this period, and the number of kamon rose considerably as they allowed combatants to differentiate friend from foe. With the increasing peace of the Edo and Meiji eras, kamon held on as representations of lineage and became a fixed part of Japanese culture. You’ve probably seen old photographs featuring kamon, perhaps on someone’s mon-tsuki hakama (traditional black menswear with kimono and loose trousers) or printed on a paper hand lantern.

Also, it isn’t uncommon even in the present day for practitioners of traditional arts (e.g., kabuki, Noh, etc.) and established shops with long histories to present their kamon to the public, such as on their noren (cloth entrance curtain). Additionally, the tradition of donning formal funeral wear marked with a family’s kamon remains even now widely practiced as part of Japanese culture.  

Types of Family Crests

A kamon can be assigned to one of a number of different categories depending on its subject. These categories include kamon based on plants (shokubutsu-mon), on flowers (ka-mon), on animals (dōbutsu-mon), and on natural phenomenon (tennen-mon), as well as kamon constructed from traditional patterns (monyō-mon) and military influences (shōbu-mon). The five most common and widely-spread crests, the Godaimon, are all included in these greater categories. 

Create your own kamon here at https://www.ayataka.jp/fun/kamon/ (please remember to put your family/surname in the first colomn and your first name in the second empty colomn with hiragana only. You can use http://japanesetransliteration.com/ to translate any Western or other names into hiragana.The rest sequential coloms are for year, month, and day just put the romaji/numbers as usual like 1997 for year, 12 for month, 8 for day, etc). 


P.S.: This generator was made for fun. Please not to be taken too seriously. 

Here is my own family crest, by the way (with some Japanese to English translation below): 


【Ω紋】
チャレンジ精神旺盛でその探究心、好奇心は無限大のオメガ紋のあなた。他人にも非常に興味があり、面倒見もよい特徴を持っています。人の上に立ち、指示を出すのも得意で快感を覚えるはずです。でも、他人に指示されるのを嫌い、反抗的な態度をとりがちのようです。
時には、急須でいれたようなにごりの旨みの「綾鷹」で、心を落ち着けてみてはいかがでしょう。

【Ω crest】
Its challenging spirit with its inquiring mind, curiosity is the infinite omega pattern. I am also very interested in other people, and my troublesome features are also good. Stand up on a person and you will be pleasantly good at giving instructions as well. However, I dislike being instructed by others, seems to take a rebellious attitude.
Sometimes, how about trying to calm down your mind with "Ayataka", a rusty taste like a teapot.

※本コンテンツで作成されるオリジナル
KAMONは、“家紋デザイナー”沖 のりこさん、
他デザイナーにより制作されました。

Original created by this content ※
KAMON, "Crest Designer" Noriko Oki,
It was produced by another designer.

The other interesting thing I got was the result from creating another kamon for my wife. And it seems so appropriate to her character. Here is her family crest I made, by the way (with some Japanese to English translation below): 


【四葉紋】
四葉紋のあなたは争いごとを遠ざけ、平和を好む温和な性格。周りとの調和を大切にし、多くの人々と手に手をとって生きてゆけば必ず、あなたも、そしてあなたを取り巻く人々も平穏で素敵な人生を送れることでしょう。持ち前の優しさと協調性を大切にして、素敵な日々を過ごしてください。
周りの人とのよりよい関係作りに、急須でいれたようなにごりの旨みの「綾鷹」で、親交を深めてみてはいかがでしょう。

【Four Leaves】
You are a mild personality who loves peace, keeping every fight away. Cherish the harmony with the surroundings and live with hands in hand with many people, surely you and the people surrounding you will be able to live a peaceful and wonderful life. Please take good care of your kindness and cooperation and have a wonderful day.
Why do not you deepen your friendship with "Ayataka", a tasty umami like a teapot, to make a better relationship with the surrounding people

※本コンテンツで作成されるオリジナル
KAMONは、“家紋デザイナー”沖 のりこさん、
他デザイナーにより制作されました。

Original created by this content ※
KAMON, "Crest Designer" Noriko Oki,
It was produced by another designer.

Again, create your own kamon here at https://www.ayataka.jp/fun/kamon/ (please remember to put your family/surname in the first colomn and your first name in the second empty colomn with hiragana only. You can use http://japanesetransliteration.com/ to translate any Western or other names into hiragana.The rest sequential coloms are for year, month, and day just put the romaji/numbers as usual like 1997 for year, 12 for month, 8 for day, etc). 

P.S.: This generator was made for fun. Please not to be taken too seriously. 

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