Tonbo (dragonflies)

A celebration of all things living and moving, and the symbol of a good harvest, the dragonfly is a motif deeply embedded in Japanese culture.

A symbol of life

The lively dragonfly holds many meanings in Japanese culture. Farmers throughout Japan's agricultural history saw it as a beneficial insect that helped eliminate pests, and as a sign of the coming of spring. The tonbo pattern is thus associated with the rich bounties of the earth and a good harvest.

Only ever moving forward in flight, the tonbo was also considered a symbol of courage and victory by warriors, leading to its extensive use on weapons, armour, and other objects associated with victory and vitality.

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