Bamboo (Sasa, Take)

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

Bamboo crests
Nine bamboo leaves in circle Nine bamboo leaves Uesugi Kenshin
Uesugi Kenshin
Pine, bamboo leaves and ume Ten bamboo leaves & facing sparrows in circle Nine bamboo leaves in bamboo circle Bamboo leaves for the Yagyu family
Two bamboos with bamboo leaves in circle Bamboo & sedge hat in circle Bamboo with root in circle

Evergreen perpetual of the grass family, Take and Sasa are actually two different species, albeit often confused. Generally, smaller type of Take (bamboo) are called Sasa. There was a Chinese legend that the phoenix ate bamboo fruit, which probably explains how it came to be regarded as a lucky plant. Bamboo designs were first used in decorative patterns and later as family crests. (From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001)

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