Go shichi no kiri
(five & seven flower paulownia)
(three hollyhock leaves)
三葉葵 (みつばあおい) 徳川家康
(bamboo leaves & gentian flowers)
(snake’s three scales)
Age ha no chō
Kuginuki mon (nail pull)
The main family crest of the Ueda family, referencing a large nail-pull used for the large wooden slabs used in temple construction. The nail pull crest comes from Ueda Sōko being renowned as a temple and garden architect.
Sangaibishi mon 三階菱
Secondary crest (kaemon) of the Ueda family. Taken from the character 王, and associated with the the diamond shapes in a pinecone. Originally from the Ogasawara Clan. The Ueda family was historically part of the Ogasawara.
Kage Ueda Kiri mon
(shadow Ueda paulownia crest)
The kiri crest was used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. As Ueda Sōko was held in high esteem by Hideyoshi, Hideyoshi granted Sōko the use of his own family crest. The 'shadow' in the name comes from the fact the Ueda family used this crest in secret during the Tokugawa Period, to hide their association with the Toyotomi.
Maru ni mitsu biki mon
Asano family secondary crest (kaemon) permitted for use by the Ueda family. This crest remains the official crest of Hiroshima.