A small stone mosaic of a traditional Japanese family crest, symbol of happiness and longevity
Japanese family crest
The origin of the Japanese family crest or mon goes back to the eleventh century when high ranking officers began displaying embroidered emblems on the formal attire all courtiers had to wear at the Imperial Court. They soon started to display them on their carriages as well. With time, the designs became more refined and elegant. These emblems later became the formal mon (crests) still used on formal Japanese garments.
Originally only the members of a family would wear such crest. They soon became worn by all samurai belonging to a clan.
A symbol of longevity
Throughout all of Asia, the crane has been a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japanese, Chinese, and Korean tradition, cranes stand for good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. They are also a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.