Hidari gomon

The Hidari Gomon: Symbol of Ryukyuan Pride

During the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom, each aristocratic family had a kamon. Kamon originated in Japan and entered the Ryukyu Kingdom through interaction between aristocratic Ryukyuans and the Japanese. That circular swirly symbol that you often see in Okinawa- on flags during festivals, on the sides of sanshin instruments, on traditional roofs, etc.- is …

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