Algorithm of Japanese Family Crest Patterns


Monsho Uwaeshi (紋章上繪師), the Japanese family crest artisans’ traditional and innovative works. Unique design ideology, process, and expanding possibilities for the future. Their “Mon-Mandala (紋曼陀羅)” – cosmic proportions of kamons – drawn only by combining the various size of circles is an elegantly sophisticated and beautifully simple design process.


Detailed article : Kamon the Avant-garde: The Patterns of Innovative Japanese Tradition

京源 (Kyo-gen)
紋章上絵師 波戸場承龍・耀次 (Shoryu + Yoji Hatoba)


  • Interview and translation: Hiroko Matsuyama
  • Camera: Michio Asano (AZOTH branch)
  • Director: Yoichi Matsuyama
  • Produce: PATTERNZ.JP

PATTERNZ.JP ( is a blog site exploring Japanese patterns of design, history, and culture. We share the thoughts and images for the better understanding of what the country with the world’s largest history can offer.

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