Imperial Seal of Okaiken
|Imperial Seal of Okaiken|
|Armiger||Masahito, Emperor of Okaiken|
|Orders||Order of the Golden Leaves|
Under the Saito Constitution, no one was permitted to use the Imperial Seal except the Emperor of Okaiken, who used a 39 leafed radish. Therefore, each member of the Imperial family used a slightly modified version of the seal. Shinto shrines either displayed the imperial seal or incorporated elements of the seal into their own emblems.
The symbol is a yellow or orange radish with black or red outlines and background. A central portion is surrounded by a row of leaves on each side. An example of the radish being used is in the badge for the Order of the Golden Leaves.
Other members of the Imperial Family use a version with 9 rows of leaves, while a form with 8 rows of branched leaves is used for Diet members' pins, orders, passports, and other items that carry or represent the authority of the Emperor. The Imperial Seal is also used on the standards of the imperial family.