The Ja­panese Mon

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Although tech­ni­cally a mon can re­fer to any type of de­vice used to iden­tify an in­di­vid­ual or fam­ily, and ka­mon and mon­dokoro are em­blems specif­i­cally for this pur­pose, mon is the com­monly used term to re­fer to this type of em­blem. A mon is sim­i­lar to a coat of arms or badge in Euro­pean tra­di­tion. A mon was used to sig­nify mem­ber­ship of a spe­cific clan and was of­ten used on flags and ban­ners in bat­tle to her­ald a spe­cific clan’s mil­i­tary. Although the mon has its roots in Ja­panese his­tory, it is still used to­day by nearly all Ja­panese fam­i­lies.

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