Rice plant (Ine)

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

Rice plant crests
Sparrows in embracing rice plants Sparrow in rice-plant circle Circle of two head-to-tail rice plants Crane-shaped rice plant Embracing rice plants

Since ancient time, rice was the equivalent of wealth for the Japanese, so it was held in very high regard. It seems that the rice plant was used as a kamon because of its symbolism as a good omen. Many Inari Shrines, found all over Japan, use this crest. (From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001)

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