Wild goose (Karigane)

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

Wild goose crests
Three looped wild geese, heads facing outward Looped wild goose Looped wild goose in circle Wild geese for the Masuyama
(Monten)
Wild geese for the Masuyama
(Mon-no-izumi)
Two wild geese in circle

Wild geese arrive in large flocks during the autumn months and following their migratory instincts, head back north when spring comes. People have made poems and songs about wild geese since ancient times, expressing a general affinity for them. In the Fujiwara Period, the bird was depicted in various decorative patterns and later developed into a family crest. (From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001)


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