But at the same time, high-ranking Warlords began to embellish their helmets with sculptural forms so they could be easily located on the battlefield.
Exotic helmets (kawari kabuto) allowed leaders to choose symbolic motifs that reflected their personalities, like this superb example of a dragonfly, for in Japan, the dragonfly symbolizes focused endeavour and vigilance among other things, due to its ability to move up, down and sideways while continuing to face forward.
They were thought to be the spirits or guardians of the rice because they were often seen hovering above the flooded rice fields, and in fact due to their abundance there, ancient texts refer to Japan as Akitsushima, which translates as Island of the Dragonflies.
Sounds like El Dorado to me !
Here's another example I found, a more arty rendering of the same subject:
Don't think I'll be getting one though, don't want to look dafter than I already do :-)