The Japanese have some of the oldest myths and beliefs about the dragonfly. As far back as the 17th century, they have been holding the dragonfly as a symbol of happiness, strength, protection and good fortune. The Japanese Samurai warriors would adorn their helmets with emblems of the dragonfly to bring them strength and protection during battle.
It is said that the first Emperor of Japan, Emperor Jinmu, was bitten by a horsefly, which was then eaten by a dragonfly. To honor the dragonfly, a Japanese island was once called “Akitsushima”, which translates to The Isle of the Dragonflies. It is also know as the “Invisible Insect.” The dragonfly is most associated with summer and autumn in Japan. The Red Dragonfly, which is considered sacred, is found in abundance in autumn.
Today Japan s the world leader in the study of dragonflies. They even have a scientific journal that is dedicated to the dragonfly. The Japanese also believe the dragonfly brings good fortune, this includes gifts presented by the essence of the dragonfly.