Tombo dragonfly is a symbol for the samurai that represents to never give up as the dragonfly doesn’t fly backwards. Very encouraging!
Tombo Dragonfly is perhaps the oldest design in Japan and it’s represented on the oldest discovered primitive pottery.
The Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan, compiled in 720 AD) is the second oldest book of classical Japanese history. Dragonflies are mentioned here, as akitsu, the way they were called in those days.
The chronicle says that when the first emperor Jimmu Tenno climbed a mountain in Nara Prefecture he said “The shape of my country is like two Akitsu mating.”
Very often, the samurai used to wear cloths or ornaments that showcase these tombo dragonfly designs, as a reminder of never give up.
At the movie “Kiki’s Delivery Service” from Ghibli Studios there’s a local boy, called Tombo, who is crazy about aviation and has developed a genuine respect for Kiki’s flying power. Perhaps this is why he’s called like that, giving the honor of the perseverance of the dragonfly by not desisting in having Kiki as a friend since she doesn’t like him from the start ^^
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