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They are especially common on Okinawa, which has its, called shisa. While on mainland Japan guardian lions are associated usually with shrines, on Okinawa they are everywhere, with homes, offices, and apartment buildings all sporting a pair of guardian shisa.

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canada goose outlet kokemuksia The two members of a shisa pair each have a distinct role and iconography, differentiated by their mouths. The or open uk canada goose outlet mouthed shisa, are usually said to be males. The open Canada Goose Online mouth, with its teeth bared, warns off any evil from entering the house. canada goose outlet kokemuksia

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Varieties of shisa: sitting, formal; and crouching, from Yomitan Village.

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Crouching shisa from Yomitan Village, a center of traditional Okinawan ceramics. (Note the nanoblock Shinto shrine to the right.)

In Okinawa, it is common to have a shisa on the roof, as well as a pair at the Canada Goose sale gate or door. I did not see these elsewhere in Japan, and it reflects the greater abundance and visibility of shisa in Okinawa. Here a roof shisa at Ryukyu Mura, a reconstructed traditional village. Most of the buildings are 100 or more years old, disassembled at their original sites, canada goose uk outlet then transported to, and reconstructed, at the park.

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In addition to dwellings or other buildings, shisa may also stand canada goose outlet guard at parks, such as this pair guarding a small park near the Sunabe seawall in Chatan Town.

A pair of shisa guarding a small park near the Sunabe seawall in Chatan Town, Okinawa.

The popularity of shisa in Okinawa, including among visitors, has led to a large variety of shisa, such as this pair that accompanies drinks purchased http://www.canadagoosesalesus.com canada goose at Sam by the Sea on Canada Goose Parka Valentine Day. (The drinks are mixed inside the shisa mouth.)

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canada goose shop uk Novelty shisa, with bottle of awamori (rice liquor), chopsticks resting on goya (a type of squash), sanshin (habu skin guitar), and a plate of food with presumably Okinawa soba noodles included (Okinawan soba noodles are a distinct style from those of mainland Japan). canada goose shop uk

canada goose outlet official On mainland Japan, guardian lions are much less common, and usually associated with Shinto shrines. Here is a fine example from Kashuga Shrine, in the ancient capital city of Nara on Honshu. canada goose outlet official

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There is some confusion, reflected in both English and Japanese names, regarding the inspiration for shisa. Though I referred to them as guardian lions, they are sometimes called lion dogs. There are no lions in East Asia, so sculptors relied on models (and perhaps occasional actual animals) derived from India, and the character and appearance of the guardians has become somewhat mongrelized with the features of dogs. At one apartment building in Chatan Town, however, the lion derivation was very clear.

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