The Japanese Mon
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.