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Shippou mon (Shippou Pattern) with Rokumonsen ( The Six coins)are likened to one of Japan’s flower Tsubaki (Camellia Japonica / Winter Rose)

Shippou Pattern/ Shippou mon : A pattern of congruent circles, overlaid and extending out in all directions. The name “shippou-mon” was chosen because of the repeating pattern of circles. The Japanese expression for “in all directions” is shihou-happou, which sounds a lot like the word shippou. The circles in this pattern represent lucky charm while the endlessly continuing pattern represents harmony, eternal youth and possibilities.

Camellia Japonica ( Winter Rose) / Tsubaki : One of Japan’s flower which blooms in the cold winter with the strength within itself. In Japan, it is said that SAMURAI (warriors) did not like camellia because they drop after blooming, like a war prisoner having his head cut off. However, the fact is different, SAMURAI loved camellias very much and bred many cultivars in the Edo Period(1603-1867).
I guess the way of the flower scatter manfully is symbolized the heart of SAMURAI.

The Six Pennies / Rokumonsen : Brace Y’self

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They are popularly known for their six coin crest. It was believed that the spirits of warriors needed to pay a toll before boarding the river for the afterlife. These six coins were made to pay for one of the six paths in the Buddhist afterlife. It was made to insure a “pure” passage for the wearer’s spirit.