Sunday, 27 September 2009

okudaira sadamasa heraldry


I found this fantastic picture of Okudaira Sadamasas complete heraldry on the net last night from the O uma Jirushi. The O Uma Jirushi was written In 1650, by a monk called Kyuan. It is a comprehensive illustrated survey of the heraldry of his time. This text describes the heraldry of most of the major samurai families that fought in the the battles of the Sengoku period. Luckily for anyone interested in this fascinating subject, it still survives to this day, and remains one of the chief sources of heraldic information available on this period in Japan.
Now if only I could read Japanese........