Originally Posted by faustian bargain
*nod* i figured it was a simple explanation like that.
btw for clarification (not yours of course, red, but the non-nipponologues) - 'sakura' is 'cherry blossom' (AFAIK), hence the flower motif.
is there a compelling reason for the circular form of the crests, or is it a tradition whose origins are lost to the mists of time?
Since it's a slack day, I asked a coworker why most of the crests are round. He explained that, while round crests are popular, they come in many different shapes. They are called kamon
, meaning "house mark" literally and "family crest" in properly idiomatic translation. They would be displayed on houses to identify the family, and may have decorated the round ends of roof tiles, which would explain the popularity of the shape. They also decorated the sleeves and back of kimonos. He proceded to search the web and came up with this site that lists a huge variety (in Japanese):http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~argus/
I've also found this site in English:http://www.asgy.co.jp/anglais/index.html