Oda Nobunaga’s Crests

Oda Nobunaga’s Crests

The warlord and unifier Oda Nobunaga is said to have used seven crests during his lifetime. The main four crests included the standard Oda family crest, the Oda Mokko, said to represent the Japanese quince.

 

Oda Mokko

Another crest used by Nobunaga was the Ageha-cho, a swallowtail butterfly, as the Oda clan claimed to have descended from the noble Taira (Heike) clan who used this as their family emblem.

Ageha-cho

Nobunaga is also known to have used the Kiri-mon, as used by the ancient Imperial family and later Imperial court. The kiri, or paulownia, is a fast growing auspicious tree. According to legend, it is that the only tree a phoenix would land in. This same crest was later used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and in modern times by the Japanese government.

Kiri

Another common crest used by Nobunaga was the Eiraku Tsuho coin. There are two main reasons supporting his use of this crest. One claims that it based on his well-planned economic policies. The other is because of his victory at the Battle off Okehazama in 1560 against an army ten times that of his own. Prior to the battle, Nobunaga stopped at the sacred Atsuta Shrine to pray for success. When making an offer of five of the copper coins, he and his men were surprised and encouraged when all five tossed coins landed face up, a most auspicious occurrence.

Eiraku Tsuho

Eiraku Tsuho Mon used on a banner

The Oda Mokko and Eiraku Tsuho flying side by side

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