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24.Family crest of Satake Yoshinobu

Full moon painted on a fan ("sensu")




"Sensu" is originally a tool to fan yourself to cool down, but back then it was also the status symbol for a samurai to own it. Refer to our website for further detail.

What is "sensu" ?

  • Tea ceremony became popular among generals during Sengoku period. Tea house was a very small space where only a handful samurais could enter inside - it was simply a place to enjoy tea ceremony. Although they could not take their swords inside, they always made sure to take their “sensu” fans with them inside the tea house.
  • Samurais received tea services inside a quiet, peaceful space, which for them was a rare moment when they could just relax & forget about continuous, life-endangering battles during Sengoku period.

List of Japanese Sengoku-busho's family crest