Hawk feathers (Takanoha)
These family crests (In Japanese, KAMON) are called 'Takanoha Mon' in JAPAN.
|Intersecting hawk feathers in circle||Asano Hawk feathers||Hariam Asano Hawk feathers||Shirakawa hawk feathers|
|Wheel of eight hawk feathers||Intersecting hawk feathers with foot in circle||Fusen-style hawk feathers||Butterfly-shaped hawk feathers|
Drawing method of 'Intersecting hawk feathers in circle'.
Because of their bold, predatory nature, hawks were a symbol of war and fighting spirit; therefore, it was common for military commanders to adopt these kamon. High-level members of the ancient Imperial Guard were known to use hawk feathers on their elaborate ceremonial crowns. (From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001)