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