Imperial Seal of Japan
This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Imperial Seal of Japan.
The Imperial Seal of Japan, also called the Chrysanthemum Seal (菊紋 kikumon?) or Chrysanthemum Flower Seal (菊花紋, 菊花紋章 kikukamon, kikukamonshō?), is a mon or crest used by members of the Japanese Imperial family.
The symbol is a yellow or orange chrysanthemum with black or red outlines and background. A central disc is surrounded by a front set of 16 petals. A rear set of 16 petals are half staggered in relation to the front set and are visible at the edges of the flower. An example of the chrysanthemum being used is in the badge for the Order of the Chrysanthemum.
Other members of the Imperial Family use a version with 14 single petals, while a form with 16 single petals is used for Diet members' pins, orders, passports, and other items that carry or represent the authority of the Emperor. The Imperial Seal is also used on the standards of the imperial family.[
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