The Japanese word Tonbō translates as dragonfly. The company adapted the spelling to make the pronunciation and type more international, which is how the brand name Tombow came about. In addition to it being the element that gives the company its name, it is closely related to the importance of the dragonfly in Japanese culture. In Japan, the dragonfly is regarded as an insect that brings luck and stands for courage, bravery and success.

Tombow is a Japanese family company that manufactures high-quality and reliable writing instruments and therefore supports creative people in their work. Ever since it was founded by pencil manufacturer Harunosuke Ogawa more than 100 years ago, the company has been and remains in family hands.