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Description of Takeda Ryo

Takeda Ryo was part of the Takeda clan. The Takeda clan are known for the honorable actions that were undertaken during the rule of Takeda Shingen, one of the most famous rulers of the Heian period in the 16th century. The Takeda clan were active during battles, and were able to participate during many key sieges and fights. However, when Takeda Shingen took rule, their military prowess increased. Takeda Shingen was known for his innovative and powerful military strategies. His decision to take on a cavalry charge was his claim to fame. His army was referred to as kiba gundan (騎馬軍団), or ‘mounted army. Rather than rely on the traditional archery of samurais as was done previously, Takeda turned his archers into lancers and achieved military success. After Shingen’s death, the Takeda clan saw a decline after losing many important samurai in battles. Eventually, Nobunaga destroyed the Takeda clan as more of their members defected to his side, and the clan effectively disappeared.

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The Japanese family crests or Mons have a similar role as the English family crests. The Japanese family crest symbols, or Mons are a coat of arms used to represent families and individuals, and more recently, businesses and institutions. There is little known about the origin of these crests and the Japanese family crest symbols, but it is commonly believed that the tradition started as a fabric pattern to identify aristocratic families and individuals. It eventually evolved to being used in battles, and then became a common way of identification, even for commoners. In terms of design, there were no hard and fast rules. There seemed to be a general consensus to use a roundel that would encircle some sort of figure when designing Japanese family crest symbols. This could be a plant, a man-made shape, a natural or celestial figure as one part of it. Other mon used religious symbols, kanji, and other shapes in their design as well. The mon was also designed to be monochromatic, and colors were generally eschewed. For commoners, however, the use of the mon, or the Japanese family crest symbol was tricky. If they had none, they would either adapt the mon of their patron or organization, or failing that, used what would be considered inappropriate mons, or developed their own altogether. The usage and choice of mons came with their own rules and were largely dictated by social customs - and its usage was monitored and enforced. For example, it was considered inappropriate to use a mon or Japanese family crest symbol already in use by someone else, and especially offensive if held by someone of a higher rank. If a situation such as that occurred, the lower-ranking person would have to change their mon or Japanese family crest symbol in order to avoid any offense or wrongdoing. Mons held by the ruling Japanese clans were legally protected and could not be used by others.
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