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Tsuta Kamon Engraving
Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Japanese ivy) - 「蔦」 in Japanese
The Tsuta is one of the 10 most used family emblems (judaimon) in Japan.
It remained however a rather rare emblem until the Edo period (1603-1868), only used by a few clans, notably as a kaemon (sub-emblem) by some members of the Matsudaira/Tokugawa family.
Interestingly, the use of Tsuta emblems became widespread from the 17th century, as they were adopted by many famous geisha and yujo (high-rank prostitutes that worked in the Yoshiwara pleasure district). Symbolically, like the Japanese ivy, yujo and geisha entwined their customers and blossomed from their wealth. If you look carefully at old woodblock prints or paintings representing geisha and prostitutes, you will often notice Tsuta mon adorning their kimono.
The Tsuta mon has about 290 known variations.
Tsuta (Japanese ivy)
the most basic Tsuta design.
Maru ni Tsuta (Japanese ivy in a ring).
The most commonly used Tsuta emblem nowadays.
How to Order - Service Description
Select your Kamon size
1.5 cm fits on all weapons and is fairly small for a Kamon. We recommend this size only for Kamon with few details. Fits all weapons, including 24 mm Jo.
2 cm can be considered as standard. It fits on most weapons, except on the thinnest weapons such as the 24 mm Jo.
2.5 cm is fairly big and will not fit on thin Koryu Bokken, Tanto, Bo, Hanbo, and Jo.
If the selected size is too big for the ordered weapon, the Kamon will be adapted to the maximum engravable size.
- Select your Kamon design
Select Kamon position
If you wish to offset the position in regard to a name engraving ordered from the product page, please use the "additional instructions" field.
If you order several weapons, please use the field "additional instructions" to specify which weapon should be engraved.
All special requests must be discussed prior to placing your order. If you have a doubt, email us before placing your order.
One Kamon = One engraving. For more than one engraving, add the Kamon as many time as desired with the correct options.
This is not a product but an engraving service that can only be ordered as part of a simultaneous purchase with a product on which to engrave.
- Select your Kamon size