Japan the dragonfly is symbolic of strength, courage, victory,
success and happiness.
Japanese families in the 11th century would use the dragonfly
to decorate everything from furniture to cloths. The dragonfly
was even used as a Samurai family crest.
Japanese legend tells of an emperor that was bitten by a horsefly.
That horsefly was then eaten by a dragonfly. The emperor then
named Japan "Akitsushima" which translates to
Isle of the dragonfly.