This is NOT an official site of
the Nichiren Shoshu Shoshin-kai
Translated by Udumbara Foundation staff.
It has been a long-standing tradition in Japan for families to have
their own crest or coat of arms. As its crest Nichiren Shoshu uses
the emblem of a crane, which is
Nichiren Daishonin's symbol and
emblematic of longevity.

Nikko Shonin's emblem is a turtle whose outer shell represents
protection by indestructible armor.

Nichimoku Shonin's emblem is sho-chiku-bai: the pine tree (sho),
which is an evergreen, representing eternal life; bamboo (
suggesting straight and moderate; and the apricot tree (
indicating a sweet and pleasant scent.

Shakyamuni Buddha used an emblem known in Japanese as
Ho-rin to represent his enire collection of Buddhist teachings.  Ho  
signifies the Law, and rin indicates a wheel. Hence  Ho-rin means
"Wheel of the Law."
Ho-rin has three aspects:
1. The sun and its rays, which reach out in eight directions, or all
2. A sword, which destroys heretical religions.
3. A wheel, which can travel anywhere.
It was Shakyamuni's wish that his teachings spread far and wide.

By Reverend Raido Hirota

Crane. Symbol for
Nichiren Daishonin
and Nichiren
Ho-rin. The Wheel of
the Law. Symbol for
Buddha's 80,000
Symbol for
Nikko Shonin
Symbol for
Nichimoku Shonin