You may have seen in my books that I am into traditional Okinawa. That's why I wrote this wistful, gritty poem, an ode to the Ryukyu Kingdom.
The name for this symbol for Ryukyu is the mitsudomoe. Mitsudomoe has a literal meaning of “three comma-looking shapes.” The Ryukyu island chain makes up what used to be an independent country called the Ryukyu Kingdom. That is what it was when they developed the martial arts there which were later called karate.