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It’s called “Maru ni mitsubiki”.


Unfortunately used by many families, for example:

Abe, Asano, Kawasaki, Sabae, Kitsukawa, Sakuma, Takaki, Tsugu, Kitanokoji, Manabe….etc…etc.

 

In a modified form by:

Ashina, Furuta, ….etc. 

 

 

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Found this on an auction posted by John, @Shugyosha, HERE.  The tanto is made for Tomoo, in 1843.  The seller speculates that it was "Nagasawa Tomoo 長澤伴雄 (1808-1859) who was a scholar of Japanese classical literature and Waka poetry. He was a Samurai at the Kii Domain, Wakayama. He compiled multi-volume Waka poetry collections. It is likely that the long poems inscribed on both sides of the blade are by him."

 

It has the Kiri mon on one side and the Kikyo mon on the other.  Just wondering why there would be 2 mon for 1 owner.  Ideas?

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The above is a strong possibility.

Or, one crest could be the fief crest, and the other is the personal crest of the owner. The 5-7-5 Paulownia crest became the crest of the government sometime in Meiji, so it could represent a connection to the government or imperial family. 

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G'day Guys,

Am I right in thinking this is a Daki Myoga mon? You often see mon used within a circle, but also without one. What is the significance of the circle? Does a mon within a circle represent a different family to a mon without a circle?

Cheers,

Bryce

 

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It has been said that a circle (thick, medium or thin) was added at a later date, that Mon did not originally have a circle.

By extension the suggestion is that anything (such as a 丸 Maru circle), altering an original ‘pure’ mon indicates a step away from the main line of that family, e.g. a younger sibling or cousin’s line.

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On 11/26/2021 at 4:59 AM, PNSSHOGUN said:

Perhaps this was identified before but can't recall exactly which it is:

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It’s called “Maru ni tachi-omodaka” (standing water plantain in a ring). Mizuno, Okudaira….etc.

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Ken +Katabami (swords + wood sorrel). 

 

The wood sorrel is good luck because it grows back no matter how much/often you cut it down. The swords are just a design motif that separates the leaves of the wood sorrel, but obviously swords are important in Japanese history/culture and would be considered an appropriate design for a family crest. 

 

This is a common family crest, and a bit difficult to pinpoint who might have used it since so many families adopted it. 

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