Item description for Family Crests of Japan by Stone Bridge Press...
Bold, iconic designs have been used to symbolize family names in Japan from the time of the court nobles in the twelfth century. The sense of "family" has changed in modern Japan, but the crests' high-contrast motifs and simple geometries are right at home in our logo-emblazoned age, even as the designs express old cultural interests and ideals: cherry blossoms, well buckets, floating clouds. This book contains over 850 family crests (kamon) with descriptions, cultural backgrounds, and a selection of photographs showing how crests are used on banners, signs, and buildings. Of special interest to graphic designers, quilt-makers, and illustrators.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Stone Bridge Press
ISBN 1933330309 ISBN13 9781933330303
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A unique, superbly presented, and enthusiastically recommended addition Apr 7, 2007
Japan has a rich tradition of graphically distinctive family crests emblematically symbolism high court nobility's family names during and after the 12th century. Hallmarked by contrasting motifs and simple geometries, the designs range from cherry blossoms, to well buckets, to floating clouds, to fans, and hundreds of other iconic images. "Family Crests Of Japan" features descriptions of more than 850 individual family crests along with their cultural backgrounds. Enhanced with informed and informative essays on the historical development of family crests and a selection of photographs demonstrating how crests were used on banners, signs, and buildings, "Family Crests Of Japan" is a unique, superbly presented, and enthusiastically recommended addition to academic library Japanese Culture & History reference collections, and the supplemental reading lists of professional designers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in Japanese culture, art, and history.