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Japanese Symbols - Japanese Symbols Meanings

The Japanese family crests or Mons have a similar role as the English family crests. The Japanese 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.

Oda Kiso Japanese Symbol

Oda Kiso

Oda Nobunaga is a strong figure in Japanese lore and the Oda Kiso is one representation of this. Known as a unifying entity, as well as a warlord, he used 7 crests during his lifetime. Four of these crests included the traditional Oda crest and the Oda Mokko. The Oda Mokko was said to represent the Japanese quince. Another crest used the swallowtail butterfly for imagery to solidify Oda’s hereditary connection to another prominent Japanese clan, the Heike. Another symbol that was used in the crests was the kiri-mon, which represented a fast-growing tree. The kiri is a particularly symbolic tree as it is said only a phoenix could land in it, thus using it in a crest signaled Oda’s powerful nature and strength.

Eiraku Tsuho Japanese Symbols

Eiraku Tsuho

The Eiraku Tsuho was another crest that was used frequently by the warlord Nobunaga. Although unconfirmed, there are two prevailing theories for why this particular crest was used. The first posits that this was a representation of successful economic policies that were implemented by Nobunaga at the time. The second theory revolves around his victory at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560. This battle was particularly an impressive one because it was said to be fought against an army that was ten times the size of his own, but he was able to defeat them while being severely outnumbered. Before the battle, Nobunaga stopped to pray at a temple. And while making an offering of five copper coins at part of the ritual, all five coins landed face up, signaling a future victory.

Oda Nobunaga Japanese Symbols

Oda Nobunaga

Another one of the crests used by the famed warlord Oda Nobunaga, this is a more traditional style crest. Driven to unify Japan, Nobunaga spent much of his life in a battle for consolidation. And in several situations where the odds were stacked against him, Nobunaga succeeded. Though known for brutal suppression of those that dared to rebel against him, Nobunaga was largely able to conquer large swaths of land through successful conquests. A keen study of the military, Nobunaga focused his energy on creating innovative military tactics, encouraging free and open trade across the land as well as encouraging the development of art and culture during this period.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi Japanese Symbols

Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was part of the Japanese clan of Toyotomi. The Toyotomi ruled Japan before the Edo period. The most prominent member of the clan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi is known as one of the unifiers of Japan. Although of lower social class, Hideyoshi joined Nobunaga at a young age. He was initially dismissed because of his lowered class status, but eventually gained a significant amount of influence over Nobunaga, especially after Nobunaga’s death in 1582. This essentially gave him status as a rule of virtually most of Japan. He gave himself the new Toyotomi clan name and was able to unify Japan in 1589. When Hideyoshi died, his son at the time was only five years old.

Tokugawa Pass Japan Symbols

Tokugawa Pass

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543 – 1616) was the founder and first shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. The Tokugawa shogunate of Japan ruled the country starting from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This was the last feudal military government in Japan. Each head of the government was referred to as shogun, and was part of the Tokugawa clan.Tokugawa Ieyasu was one of the three unifiers of Japan. The members of the Tokugawa clan were fierce warriors and participated in many key battles. Tokugawa Ieyasu, in particular, was known for his participation and military skills. The Tokugawa clan, in particular, Tokugawa Ieyasu also found themselves in conflict against the Takeda clan.

Takeda Ryo Japanese Symbols

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.

Kenshin Uesugi Japan Symbols

Kenshin Uesugi

Kenshin Uesugi (1530 – 1578) was a daimyō ruling the Echigo Province during the Sengoku period of Japan. Although Kenshin Uesugi was known for his military prowess and skill in the battlefield, he had many other strengths as well. His administrative skills also received much praise. Through his administration, he was able to encourage growth of local trade and industries. This led to a higher standard of living in the Echigo Province, and solidified his role in feudal Japanese history. In particular, Uesugi Kenshin was known for his skill during battle, his honorable conduct as well as his long-standing rivalry with ruler Takeda Shingen.

Date Masamune Japanese Symbols

Date Masamune

The Date clan, including Date Masamune, is a Samurai kin group. Originating in the Kamakura period around 1186, the Date clan was a powerful family during this time until the abolition of the han system. During a time of tumultuous battles and alliances, the Date clan was determined to keep independence and dominance during the Sengoku period. Although they did not garner the attention of more notorious warlords such as Nobunaga, the Date clan were still able to retain their lands from other warlords who tried to take over. Date Masamune (1567–1636) was integral in this effort. He was able to craft alliances with other families in the north to consolidate power and keep warlords from taking their domains.

Saito Michimon Japanese Symbols

Saito Michimon

Saito Michimon. Clan Saito hailed from the province of Mino in Japan. Claiming to be descendants of Fujiwara Toshihito, the Saito clan was initially of high status in feudal Japan. A member of the Saito clan, Saito Dosan was Oda Nobunaga’s father-in-law. Saito Dosan was one of the most famous daimyo in the clan’s history. Saito Dosan, however, was betrayed and attacked by his adopted son, Saitō Yoshitatsu and was subsequently killed in battle. The remaining members of the clan, such as Saito Tatsuoki, who was the son of Saito Yoshitatsu, were defeated by Oda Nobunaga in battle. Embarrassed by the defeat, Tatsuoki escaped. He died a few years later without leaving any family, and thus the Saito clan disappeared.

Akagawa Imagawa Japanese Symbols

Akagawa Imagawa

Akagawa Imagawa. The Imagawa were a noble military Japanese clan. The Imagawa descended from Seiwa Genji by way of the Kawachi Genji. The clan’s history can be traced back to Ashikaga Kuniuji, grandson of Ashikaga Yoshiuji. During the 13th century, he found himself in Imagawa and established himself there. He took on Imagawa for his clan. The Imagawa clan remained popular for a few centuries afterwards, but found themselves in decline by the 15th century. After the death of important clan figures such as Yoshimoto during the Battle of Okehazama in 1560, the clan began to fall apart. Members began to defect and land holdings were absorbed.

Nagato Japanese Symbols

Nagato

Nagato, also known as Choshu is a Japanese province. When the feudal domain system was abolished in 1871, the Nagato province underwent changes. Since prefectures were adopted instead after the Meiji Restoration, Nagato could no longer remain on its own. Instead, it was combined with the province of Suo. This merger eventually established the Yamaguchi Prefecture. However, much of the oligarchy that took power after the Meiji Restoration were originally from the Chōshū province. Similarly, during the feudal domain system, Nagato or Chōshū were an integral part of politics and power during the time, and served as the central area for shoguns and other powerful families.

Mohri Motonari Japanese Symbols

Mōri Motonari

Mōri Motonari (1497 – 1571) was a daimyō in the western Chūgoku region of Japan during the Sengoku period during the 16th century. Motonari had a reputation for his impressive strategic skills. His initial position as a small warlord soon became a quest to increase his clan’s territory, all done under his stewardship. Whether through war, marriage, adoption and assassination, Motonari was able to consolidate territory and take over large swaths of land to build up his power. A keen diplomat, Motonari was able to keep his power secure despite being surrounded by far more powerful clans.

Yoshikage Asakura Japanese Symbols

Yoshikage Asakura

Yoshikage Asakura is a Japanese kin group. The clan claims to be descendants of the son of Emperor Tenmu (631–686), Prince Kusakabe. The family was connected to the Azai clan and held positions as daimyos. Along with the Azai clan, the Asakura also opposed Oda Nobunaga. Ultimately, that opposition led to their defeat. Oda Nobunaga defeated the Asakura clan in 1570 during the Battle of Anegawa. Three years later, their family home was also taken away. Some family members, such as Yoshikage Asakura’s nephew Asakura Nobumasa allied themselves with Hideyoshi.

Azai Nagamasa Japanese Symbols

Azai Nagamasa

Azai Nagamasa. The Azai clan (Japanese: 浅井氏, Hepburn: Azai-shi) was a line of daimyōs (feudal lords) during Japan’s Sengoku period. Most notably, the Azai clan were known for their opposition against Oda Nobunaga, one of the most powerful warlords in Japan during that time. Along with other clans such as the Asakura, they went against him in battle but lost. Oda Nobunaga defeated the Azai clan during the Battle of Anegawa in 1570. They were all but destroyed during this time but still managed to survive.

Chosokabe Japanese Symbols

Chōsokabe

The Chōsokabe clan was a samurai kin group. Claiming to be descendants of Qin Shi Huang the first emperor of a unified China, the clan served the Hosokawa clan, then the Miyoshi clan and then the Ichijo clan. The Chosokabe clan went through a great deal of turmoil, especially during the Sengoku period. Chōsokabe Kunichika’s father Kanetsugu was killed by the Motoyama clan. Fatherless, Chosokabe Kunichika was adopted by an aristocrat, Ichijō Husaie of the Ichijō clan in Tosa Province and was raised by him. However, when Chosoabe Kunichika came to age, he exacted revenge on the Motoyama clan for the murder of his father. After avenging his family, Kunichika had children and an heir, thereby continuing the clan. However after the siege of Osaka, the last of the clan perished and were executed. This ended their reign as a political and military force.

Shimazu Yoshihiro Japanese Symbols

Shimazu Yoshihiro

Shimazu Yoshihiro was a part of the larger Shimazu Clan. The Shimazu clan were the daimyō of the Satsuma han, which spread over Satsuma, Ōsumi and Hyūga provinces in Japan. The Shimazu were identified as outsider daimyō families and were one of the few clans to retain continuous power and wealth during the Edo period. Through military conquests and strategic alliances, Shimazu Yoshihiro was able to reap trade benefits, especially through their conquest of Ryūkyū Kingdom. Because of this, the Shimazu were one of the only daimyō families to control an entire foreign country.

Kobayakawa Takakage Japanese Symbols

Kobayakawa Takakage

Kobayakawa Takakage (1533 – 1597) was a samurai and daimyō during both the Sengoku period and Azuchi–Momoyama period. Adopted by the Kobayakawa clan, he became the 14th head of the clan. A military commander, he was known for expanding territory during his tenure. Initially opposed to both Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi, Kobayakawa ultimately changed his mind. He swore ultimate loyalty to Hideyoshi and was awarded a role in Hideyoshi’s retinue. During this time, he was awarded land as well as prestigious administrative roles.

Akechi Mitsuhide japanese symbol

Akechi Mitsuhide

Akechi Mitsuhide (1528 – 1552) was a samurai and general who lived during the Sengoku period of Japan. Mitsuhede was a general during the time of Oda Nobunaga. Mitsuhide spent most of his early life serving as guardians under various shoguns, before eventually being led to Oda Nobunaga. At one point, Mitsuhide served both the shōgun and Nobunaga. One of the most trusted generals under Nobunaga, Mitsuhide was part of a small group of people that Nobunaga relied on and Mitsuhide was also one of the few generals to receive a castle from Nobunaga.

Honda Tadakatsu Japanese Symbol

Honda Tadakatsu

Honda Tadakatsu (1548 – 1610) was Japanese samurai, general and a daimyō of the late Sengoku through early Edo periods. Honda Tadakatsu was a fierce and brave warrior, and participated in over 100 battles during his lifetime. However, despite this impressive record of participation, even more incredible was that Honda Tadakatsu did not suffer a severe injury during any of these battles. This led to the reference that he was a warrior that had escaped death. Although a loyal military commander during the Sengoku period, Tadakatsu faced many changes during his lifetime. A stable transition towards peace left him, like many other warriors during this time, disillusioned and unable to fit into this new political climate after so many years of battle.

Li Naomasa Japanese Symbol

Li Naomasa

Li Naomasa (1561 – 1602) was a general under the Sengoku period daimyō. He also served as general under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ii Naomasa was part of the four guardians of the Tokugawa. After the death of his foster mother, he became the head of the Ii clan. After joining the Tokugawa’s, Ii rapidly ascended to higher ranks and also gained a sizable amount of territory. Coupled with his impressive leadership skills in the battlefield, he quickly made a name for himself amongst the court – especially during the Battle of Sekigahara. However, during this battle he received a severe wound, and this was attributed as the cause of his early death in 1602.

Naoe Kanetsugu Japanese Symbol

Naoe Kanetsugu

Naoe Kanetsugu (1559 – 1620) was a Japanese samurai of the 16th–17th centuries. Most notably, Naoe Kanetsugu was known for his service to two generations of the Uesugi daimyōs. Initially, Kanetsugu served first as a koshō to Uesugi Kenshin. After Kenshin’s death, he served Kagekatsu, the adopted son of Kenshin. Naoe Kanetsugu was known for his military bravery, strength, and intelligence. Loyal to the Uesugi, Kanetsugu played an important role during many of their key battles.

Shibata Katsuie Japanese Symbol

Shibata Katsuie

Shibata Katsuie (1522 – 1583), also known as Gonroku, was a Japanese samurai and military commander during the Sengoku period. Serving during the time of Oda Nobunaga, Shibata Katsuie was part of many key battles during this period. Although severely wounded in some of these battles, Katsuie was a determined and brave fighter that continued to participate in battles. Although originally in service to Oda Nobukatsu, Nobunaga’s brother, Katsuie even launched a coup against Nobunaga. However, Nobunaga defeated the coup and executed his brother, but spared Katsuie’s life. Impressed by his bravery and loyalty, Nobunaga showed mercy to Katsuie, and the latter pledged his allegiance to Nobunaga moving forward.

Maeda Toshiie Japanese Symbol

Maeda Toshiie

Maeda Toshiie (1538 – 1599) was one of the top military commanders for Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period as well as the Azuchi–Momoyama period. During his time as military commander, the highest title he received was Great Counselor Dainagon. Depicted as strict and stern, Maeda Toshiie was known for his loyalty. His service to Oda Nobunaga started at an early age, during childhood as a page. His continued loyalty and service to Oda Nobunaga was rewarded and Maeda Toshiie was allowed to be head of the Maeda clan.

Mibu Japanese Symbol

Mibu

The Mibu domain was a feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan. During earlier periods such as the Muromachi period, Mibu was ruled by the Mibu clan itself. The Mibu clan, however, was defeated and destroyed during the Battle of Odawara in 1590. After their defeat and destruction, the Mibu domain was passed on to the Yuki clan. After that, the Mibu domain was given to a multitude of different rulers. Ultimately, the Torii clan took over and ruled Mibu until the Meiji Restoration. After the feudal system was abolished, Mibu became part of the Tochigi Prefecture.

Takenaka Hanbei Japanese Symbol

Takenaka Hanbei

Takenaka Hanbei (1544 – 1579), was a Japanese samurai during the Sengoku period of the 16th century. Originally under the Saito clan, Hanbei was able to overthrow this clan and take over their territories. He was a key force in the military, and was largely in charge of the defence against Oda Nobunaga during the Siege of Inabayama Castle. Impressed with his military prowess during the siege, Hanbei was invited by Hideyoshi to join his force and become a strategist. However, Hanbei died of illness soon after. His son, however, continued his legacy.

Kuroda Kanbe Japanese Symbol

Kuroda Kanbe

Also known as Kuroda Yoshitaka, Kuroda Kanbe was a Japanese daimyō of the late Sengoku through early Edo periods. As chief advisor to Hideyoshi, Kuroda was known for his ambition, wit, and intelligence. Highly renowned for his strategic abilities, Kuroda made a name for himself in Hideyoshi’s administration. Brave and loyal, Kuroda was admired by his military comrades. He fought in many of the key battles during Hideyoshi’s time and proved himself to be a strong military force while also being a mediator against the many coups and uprisings that occurred during this time.

Hachisuka Koroku Japanese Symbol

Hachisuka Koroku

Hachisuka Masakatsu (1526 – 1586), also known as Hachisuka Koroku, was a daimyō and retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Azuchi–Momoyama period of Japan. Historically, the Hachisuka clan were the kokujin of the Kaitō District of Owari Province. Their control over natural resources such as water as well as their extensive knowledge of local terrain made them valuable assets. However, the Hachisuka were able to retain independence rather than subverting to the powerful clans that surrounded them.

Ishida Mitsunari Japanese Symbol

Ishida Mitsunari

Ishida Mitsunari (1559-1600) was a Japanese samurai and famed military commander. under the service of others, such as Hideyoshi. Mitsunari made a name for himself as an astute financial manager and took on different administrative roles during his early life. His success in these positions led Hideyoshi to make him a daimyō of Sawayama, in the Omi Province, leading to the creation of this crest. Although successful in his work, Mitsunari made a fair amount of enemies during his tenure as administrator under Hideyoshi.

Yoshitsugu Otani Japanese Symbol

Yoshitsugu Otani

Ōtani Yoshitsugu (1558/1565 – 1600) was a Japanese samurai during the Sengoku period extending through to the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. One of Hideyoshi’s followers, Yoshitsugu had a strong reputation in battle and military matters. He was also known for both his bravery and loyalty. Despite being in poor physical condition later in life, Yoshitsugu fought important battles alongside his closest allies and friends in whatever capacity he was able to. Yoshitsugu also suffered from leprosy, which further exacerbated his health issues. Yoshitsugu, and the Otani clan in general are one of the more ambiguous clans during this time because of a lack of sources around them.

Kato Kiyomasa Japanese Symbol

Kato Kiyomasa

Katō Kiyomas (1552 – 1611) was a Japanese daimyō. Like Ishida Mitsunari, Katō Kiyomas went into service for Hideyoshi, and made a name for himself as a smart and resourceful military commander. Rewarded for his service, Katō Kiyomas was known as one of the  Seven Spears of Shizugatake. He served as a senior commander during key military battles and was known for his brute strength and power. He fully believed in the warrior’s duty, and was willing to sacrifice everything for it.

Fukushima Masanori Japanese Symbol

Fukushima Masanori

Fukushima Masanori (1561 –  1624) was a Japanese daimyō of the late Sengoku period to early Edo period. Fukushima Masanori was a lord of the Hiroshima Domain. He was also part of Hideyoshi’s loyal retinue. Having fought in the battle of Shizugatake in 1583, he became known as one of Seven Spears of Shizugatake. There are claims that he was Hideyoshi’s cousin, but these have not been proven. Nonetheless, Fukushima Masanori was a warrior during battles and awarded several stipends and honors throughout his life. After his military display during the Korean Campaign wherein he took Chongju, Masanori was awarded even higher stipends and more honors.

Sanada Yukimura Japanese Symbol

Sanada Yukimura

Sanada Yukimura (1567 – 1615) was a Japanese samurai warrior of the Sengoku period. His main achievement was his participation during the Siege of Osaka as a leading general on the defending side. Yukimura’s military bravery and accomplishments have made him known as one of the best warriors Japan has ever had. “He has been called many things, such as A Hero who may appear once in a hundred years”, “Crimson Demon of War” and “The Last Sengoku Hero.”

Saigo Takamori Japanese Symbols

Saigo Takamori

Saigo Takamori (1828 – 1877)  is known as the “last great Samurai,” a hefty title. One of the most influential samurai within Japanese history, Saigo Takamori was also one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration. Saigo Takamori played a key role in many important battles and sieges and played an active role in governance and military affairs. Saigo Takamori played an important role during the initial periods of the Meiji government and was essential in the abolition of the han system and the establishment of a conscript army.

Juurokugiku Jirogiku Japanese Symbol

Jirogiku

The chrysanthemum flower, or the Jirogiku is the national emblem or crest of Japan. It is associated with the royal family and the imperial household. It represents longevity, as well as health and restoration. The chrysanthemum is also seen as a symbol of rejuvenation. First introduced during the Nara dynasty in 710, the royal family took a liking to the simple flower and retained it as their own symbol. As the imperial symbol of Japan, it is always depicted with 16 petals. It is also a reference to the head of state. The Jirogiku is also seen as a symbol of the Throne of the Emperor of Japan. During the Meiji period, no one was allowed to use the chrysanthemum as their seal aside from the emperor of Japan.

Agehanochō Japanese Symbol

Agehanochō

A symbol of the Taira clan, Agehanochō is the swallowtail butterfly crest of the family. The Taira clan itself consisted of members who were bestowed this title by the emperors during the Heian period. It was given to ex-members of the imperial family once they became royal subjects. Descendants of many different imperial families were given the title of Taira. This was one of the four clans that dominated Japanese politics during the Heian period. Many other clans traced their history back to the Taira clan to solidify their own royal heritage and keep their high status.

Mitsu Uroko Japanese Symbol

Mitsu Uroko

The Mitsu uroko or three fish-scales are the mon of the Hōjō clan. The Hojo clan controlled the hereditary title of shikken (regent) of the Kamakura shogunate between 1203 and 1333. Although the title suggests merely symbolic power, in the case of the Hojo clan, they were able to wield a great deal of power compared to other families with similar titles. The Hojo can were also known for their role of encouraging the practice of Zen Buddhism. They were also known for leading the successful opposition to the Mongol invasions of Japan. However, resentment at Hōjō rule existed and began to grow.

Shinsaku Takasugi Japanese Symbol

Shinsaku Takasugi

Takasugi Shinsaku (1839 – 1867) was a samurai from the Chōshū Domain of Japan. He played an important role during the Meiji Restoration. Takasugi’s main goal was modernizing the Choshu army, and he was a strong warrior in battle. During the Meiji Restoration, Takasugi Shinsaku was a firm believer in keeping foreigners at bay. He advocated the seclusion and expelling the foreigners from Japan. In 1862, Takasugi was ordered to go to Shanghai, China to see how much power Western influence had gained on the region despite Japan’s policy of national isolation during this period.

Sasarindou Japanese Symbol

Sasarindou

The Sasarindou is the crest or emblem of the city of Kamakura in Japan. Located 50 km south-south-west of Tokyo, Kamakura held special importance during the feudal domain system of Japan, until 1871. Kamakura was where the ruling shogunate was located, as well as the imperial household. The Sasarindou itself depicts  bamboo grass leaves and gentian flowers. Originally a small fishing and farming village, Kamakura quickly became an integral part of history with a deep and storied past. The first shogunate was established there in 1192 and it continued to be an important part of power and strategy during this time. However, by the mid-15th century, Kamakura lost most of its military influence along with its political power.

Takayoshi Satake Japanese Symbol

Takayoshi Satake

Takayoshi Satake was part of the Satake clan. The Satake clan was a Japanese samurai clan that originated roughly around the 12th century.  Although they experienced turmoil with their power, the Satake clan remained in an influential position throughout. Temporarily subdued, they were able to rise up again and establish power bases. During the Sengoku period, the Satake worked in attempting to unify the rebellious clans of the Hitachi region under their control. Their decline began during the Edo period, when they sided with the Western army, who were defeated by the forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Yamabishi Yakuza Japanese Symbol

Yamabishi Yakuza

The Yakuza is one of the more notorious organized crime syndicates in Japan, and are well-known globally. The Yamabishi is Japan’s sixth largest Yakuza organization. Named after their founder, Yamaguchi, their ancestry can be traced back well into the past. The Yamaguchi-gumi are among the world’s wealthiest mobsters and are reputed to bring in billions of dollars a year from various criminal activities such as extortion, blackmail, and gambling among others. There have been various leaders over time, but currently the Yakuza is under decline.

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Japan font is inspired by Japanese logographic characters with a solid geometric feeling.
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The Japan font comes together with a family of 41 symbols from old Japanese Mon emblems.

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