Fan crests

Fan : When a fan is opened, it spreads out from a single point, symbolizing the way things in life develop. Because of this association, it is used in ceremonies as an auspicious object, expressing celebration. In addition, because of their elegant form, patterns of these fans were often depicted in picture scrolls from the Fujiwara Period to the Kamakura Period. (From "Family Crests of Japan" ICG Muse, Inc.2001)

These family crests (In Japanese, KAMON) are called "Ohgi - Mon" in JAPAN.
Embracing oak leaves on layered fans
(Onoe Kikugoro)
kage gohonben ohgi-ni wachigai Akita fan Satake fan Satake fan B

Two parallel Fans in circle Jigami in circle Five bones fan in rice cake Full moon on fan in circle Full moon on Fan B in circle

Japanese cypress fan with tassels circle Yashima fan Three rising moon on fans Takasaki fans Asano fan

Butterfly-shaped Japanese cypress fans Butterfly-shaped fans
(Ohgi ageha cho)
Butterfly-shaped fans(1)
(Ogi kocho)
Fusen-style fan Five interlaced fans

Fusen (Fusenryo) : This term originally referred to a diagonal cloth woven into a design. It now describes both an arabesque pattern with petals in the corners and a special pattern in the shape of a butterfly with wings spread.


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