Butterfly (Cho)

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

Butterfly crests
Ikeda facing butterflies Oda butterfly Paper butterfly Three butterflies Three butterflies with mokko
Ageha Butterfly Bizen butterfly Facing butterflies Facing butterflies(1) Fusen-style butterlfy
Fusen-style butterlfy with rhombic flower

Butterfly have been used in patterns since the Nara Period. These designs were used not only for clothes and furnishings but also for armor, helmet, and other battle gear. Both samurai and court nobles loved butterfly designs. (From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001)


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