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Dieter, it's a family crest (kamon 家紋). If you have a book about those, this should be easy to find. So the crest is no doubt that of the recipient of the cup. (BTW, I don't think it is a stylized blossom. In traditional Japanese symbolism, the round circles represent stars.)

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Rich

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I don't actually have a book about these, so thanks for that info!!! beer.gif

If you're interested, the topic is really interesting. The best book in English is The Elements of Japanese Design,

A Handbook of Family Crests, Heraldry, & Symbolism by John Dower. Still in print.

And if you are interested in books about Japan and the war, you MUST read Dower's other fantastic books.

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Sorry to reply again, but I just remembered there is an online database of the family crests. The text is in Japanese, but you can browse around and maybe find some nice designs. I typed in 'hoshi 星' and found crests similar to yours right away. Note that family crests are always adaptable and people often make small and large changes to their own (or even design their own)--there are no rules. Here is the link to the star page:

http://www.otomiya.com/kamon/sizen/hoshi.htm

Rich

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Awesome! Thanks for that additional info! I think I'm going to buy the design elements book tonight as soon as I get home! I'll check the other books too, I was just on his bio page at MIT. Very accomplished! There are times when I wish I would have chosen a different major, but oh well!

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