Japanese plum blossom (Ume)
These family crests (In Japanese, KAMON) are called 'Ume-Mon' in JAPAN.

Umebachi-style
divided
plum blossom
Tanakura ume Kanke umebachi Plum blossom Umebachi-style
plum blossom
in circle

Various
plum blossoms
Fusen-style
shadowed
plum blossom
Heian-monkan
Umebachi-style
Japanese plum
blossom
Shadowed
butterfly-shaped
Plum blossom
Shadowed
crane-shaped
plum blossom

Japanese plum
branch and
Butterfly-shaped
plum blossom
Shadowed
crane-shaped
plum blossom
Crane-shaped
plum blossom
Shadowed
butterfly-shaped
plum blossom 1
Backside-view
shadowed
butterfly-shaped
plum blossom

Bungo umebachi Bungo umebachi(h) Japanese plum
branch circle
Star-style
Japanese plum
blossom
Kaga umebachi
(Type 1)



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Hoshi
umebachi
Urizane
umebachi
Choji
umebachi
Kaga
umebachi


Drawing method of Umebachi-style plum blossom

Drawing method of Umebachi-style divided plum blossom

Shadowed crane-shaped plum blossom


The ume is a smallish deciduous tree of the rose family. Crests that depict its blossoms realistically are called ume, while those that portray it in a geometrical pattern are called umebachi ('ume bowl'). Plum blossoms, along with pines and bamboos, became an auspicious symbol because of their resistance to cold weather. They were used as patterns for clothing and other things. Sugawara Michizane loved plum blossoms, so it is said that they were used for religious crests at the Tenmangu Shrines, where Michizane was deified. (From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001)

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