There is an iconographic convention in which the common dragon has only four claws.
The five-clawed dragon, in contrast, is reserved for the Chinese imperial family, while the colonial type (such as the Japanese dragon) has only three claws.
Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiance Kei Komuro smile during a press conference to announce their engagement at the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 's oldest grandchild, Princess Mako, said Sunday she is getting married to a university classmate who won her heart with bright smiles and sincerity.
Mako will lose her royal status after marrying Kei Komuro, who is a commoner.
By at least the 2nd century BC, images of the dragon are found painted frequently on tomb walls to dispel evil.