Samurai Kabuto - Mempo

The mempo face mask was designed to protect the face and to highlight the ferocity of its wearer in battle, striking fear into the enemy. The nose was generally detachable and many warriors chose to remove it once the fighting began as it can be a hinderence. The moustache also had a strong message. The longer the moustache the older warrior, thus indicating that he was experienced veteran who had survived many battles, so be very wary if taking him on.