These family crests (In Japanese, KAMON) are called 'Rindo - Mon' in Japan.
Gentians, perennial plants of the gentian family, have been admired by people since the Fujiwara Period. They appear in both Genji Monogatari and Makura-no soshi (The Pillow book of Seisho Nagon). These plants were first depicted in patterns, and then made into KAMON designs. The use of these crests was mostly seen among court nobles. (From 'Family crest of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc. 2001)
|Bamboo-style gentian||Bamboo-style gentian in circle||Crab-shaped gentian||Gentian wheel||Koga gentian wheel|