Japanese Patterns of Design

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Patternz.jp is a team of a writer and a photographer exploring patterns (Japanese and everything), history, and culture. Born and raised in Northeastern Japan, we took our culture for granted until we moved to the United States, which gave us the opportunity to reflect our own culture. What makes a Japanese culture unique and what we share in common with others? Those are our motivation to explore.


We believe we can find more beauty through exploring patterns, designs, and spirits behind the history. Driven our curiosity, we research, interview, and share the thoughts and images for the better understanding of Japanese culture. The country with the world’s longest history never fails us to be amazed. Enjoy exploring and discovering insights with us.


  • I am trying to find the family crest for our family. So far, I have been unable to get information on how to locate the crest. Even tried the Kamon generator, but to no avail This is a Japanese legacy that we would like to leave our children and grandchildren,. Your help in locating our family crest will be deeply appreciated.

    • Hi Hiroko,

      Thanks for reaching out to us! So you’re looking for your family crest. Is your family name MIYAKAWA (宮川)? If you can understand Japanese, there are many services which offer to find out your family crest by researching your family tree and other stuff. If you don’t use Japanese, we can conduct research about your family crest based on a set of info: your family name and family’s domicile (such as prefecture). There’s no guarantee that we can find your family crest, however, the possibilities are there are more than one family crest and origin attach to your family name. Anyway, if you could provide us with the family name in Kanji characters and its domicile, we’ll take a look if there’s any match.

      Looking forward to hearing from you soon,


  • Thank you for the information! My name is very American but i was born in Tokyo. My grandparents are Japanese. Many family records were bombed in wwii, so I will come back in July and hope to get Mon history for Yamagiwa with chrysanthemum and water stream mon of Kusunoki clan and Kamiya families. I don’t understand how grandmas kimono has Kusunoki mon. I’m trying to find the Connection. There was an adoption somewhere and family Tempe of anrakuji was donated to government in 1950s.

    • Hi Colleen,

      Thanks for the comment! So your family seems to have a connection with Kusunoki Masashige… Interesting! Is that family temple “Anrakuji” located in Kyoto or Tokyo? Both are related to Jodo sect Buddhism generally, yet constructed by different monks. Anyway, good luck with your journey searching for your ancestry in Japan! (We”d be happy to have your update!;)


  • Thank you Hiroko san. Your website is very good. I really like its contents.
    I suggest you create an instagram account so we can follow you. So that whenever you upload new content we can keep coming back to your website.
    I love Japan, Japanese people, the history, the culture, everything Japanese.
    Keep up the good work.

    Do you have a recommended reading list on Japanese culture, history, or anything relating to your website? I would love to give those a read too.

    • Hi Mustafa,

      Thank you so much for the comment! I truly am glad that you enjoy our content! And thanks for your suggestion for starting an instagram account.
      We’ll give it a thought! Oh and some reading list for Japanese culture, history, and everything fascinating about it? That’s a great suggestion as well, I may write a post about it sometime later.

      Thanks, Mustafa!


  • Hiroko-san,

    We’d like to thank you and your team for the informative and detailed report about our Ichinohe lineage. Since the Ichinohe name is rare, narrowing the scope to find our family kamon was challenging. You went above and beyond to work with us to arrive at the most accurate information possible with little background information. Thank you so much for all the correspondence throughout the process. Not only did you provide thorough coverage of the family history, you provided us with the step-process to facilitate our own personal search to learn more about our family history. We cannot be more pleased with the courteous, professional, credible, and valuable service you provided to us! We highly recommend you to those who are considering a search for their family kamon. ありがとうございました!

    Christi Steed

  • Hi there
    I think we have a similar story. We just found we have Kamon too. Our grand father Tamakitchi Matsuoka Osaka our Kamon is chigai takanoha.
    What services do you provide?

    • Hi Noriko-san,

      Thanks for contacting us!
      There is some information based on a set of the family name and the domicile of the family (the main birthplace),
      such as the possible line(s) your family came from sometimes it can be traced back to Emperor(s).

      Many Japanese family names have its origin in the domain (often the name of natural features) if it’s from samurai families.
      If it’s from court nobles, their name of the residence or the street name became their family names.

      So what we can provide are the possible origin and the history of a Japanese family name, and also of its crest.
      (We compile the report of those information in pdf.)

      Hope it helps!


    • Thanks for writing us, Mickie.

      Well, each family has each Kamon in Japan and even with the same family name, it doesn’t mean two different Sasano families have the same Kamon. So if you could provide us the birthplace of each family (region or Prefecture), it would lead us somewhere as a start.

      You can write us at http://www.patternz.jp/product/kamon-custom.

      Thank you.


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