Fan (Ohgi)

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

Fan crests
Butterfly-shaped fans Fusen-style fans Butterfly-shaped fans
Butterfly-shaped fans
(Hi-ohgi cho)
Five bones fan in rice cake Akita fan Full moon on fan in circle Full moon on fan for the Satake family
Fan for the Asano family Two parallel Fans in circle Three rising moon on fans

Fusen (Fusenryo) : This term originally referred to a diagonal cloth woven into a design. It now describes both an arabesque pattern with petals in the corners and a special pattern in the shape of a butterfly with wings spread.

Fan : When a fan is opened, it spreads out from a single point, symbolizing the way things in life develop. Because of this association, it is used in ceremonies as an auspicious object, expressing celebration. In addition, because of their elegant form, patterns of these fans were often depicted in picture scrolls from the Fujiwara Period to the Kamakura Period. From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001

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