Kabuki actor founder Danjuro Ichikawa devised from the "lightning story", and then it became a family crest.
Inside a large square cup, there is a medium cup, and also in the medium size cup, there is a small cup called "MASU". These layers of three square cups are called "MIMASUMON" depicted the shape looked from above. "MI" means three. "MON" is a crest.
There is a variety of design positioning of the "MIMASU", such as scatter around or between lines.
"MASU" also means increasing, which is auspicious.
It is also called "MITSU-IRE-KO-MASU". "KO" means kids.
Printed on both sides.
Edo Sensu (holding hand fan) "HANJIMONO"
Cool wordplay in the Edo era
"HANJIMONO" is a kind of riddle-like conundrum. Giving a different meaning in a picture or word, makes people solve the riddle. Also often it gives a good luck meaning for their life.