Japanese plum blossom (Ume)

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

Shadowed crane-shaped plum blossom Backside-view shadowed butterfly-shaped plum blossom Shadowed butterfly-shaped Plum blossom
(Ageha-cho)
Shadowed butterfly-shaped Plum blossom
(Ko-cho)
Variant plum branch circle Ume branch and Butterfly-shaped ume blossom

Kanke umebachi Crane-shaped plum blossom Umebachi-style plum blossom for the Maeda family(1) Umebachi-style plum blossom in circle


The ume is a smallish deciduous tree of the rose family. Crests that depict its blossoms realistically are called ume, while those that portray it in a geometrical pattern are called umebachi ('ume bowl'). Plum blossoms, along with pines and bamboos, became an auspicious symbol because of their resistance to cold weather. They were used as patterns for clothing and other things. Sugawara Michizane loved plum blossoms, so it is said that they were used for religious crests at the Tenmangu Shrines, where Michizane was deified. (From 'Family Crests of Japan' ICG Muse, Inc.2001)


<< Umebachi-style plum blossom for the KAGA Maeda family in Japan. / Version 1.13 (2013/7/4) >>

Nanokaichi
hoshi umebachi
(Hoshi)
Daishoji umebachi
(Urizane)
Toyama umebachi
(Choji)
Kaga umebachi

Drawing method of Umebachi-style plum blossom


Drawing method of Umebachi-style divided plum blossom


Shadowed crane-shaped plum blossom



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