These family crests (In Japanese, KAMON) are called '(Sasa or Take)-Mon, Take-Mon' in JAPAN.
|Nine bamboo leaves in circle||Nine bamboo leaves||Pine, bamboo leaves and ume||Uesugi Kenshin
|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)