Fun Link Friday: Modern Japanese Crests

Here’s a fun link I stashed away since earlier this year: Japanese family crests, or kamon have been embedded in all kinds of items since premodern times, from ceramics and kimono to castles. These days, you might find them most often on samurai themed toys and other souvenir objects when visiting famous sites around Japan. According to Rocket News 24, many modern artists these days are trying their hand at creating new crests for a new age, converting commonly found and recognizable symbols into “kamon”:

twitterI like the twitter one, but I’m a bit partial to the wifi design, myself. I’m sure the various artists linked in the original article have created many more interesting designs since this was first reported on earlier this year. What’s your favorite?


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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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