Category: komainu

Strange shiisaa fountain at Okinawa’s Ocean Ex…

Strange shiisaa fountain at Okinawa’s Ocean Expo Park.

Naminoe Shrine has been blessing sailors and f…

Naminoe Shrine has been blessing sailors and fisherman for hundreds of years, and is regarded as the most important shrine in Okinawa.

Most of Japan calls these lion dog guardian st…

Most of Japan calls these lion dog guardian statues “komainu”, however on Okinawa they are known as “shiisaa”, and they are quite common across the Okinawan islands.

These two komainu at Toshogu Shrine are really interesting, but…

These two komainu at Toshogu Shrine are really interesting, but really need to be repainted.

Komainu Statues at Takachiho Shrine.

Komainu Statues at Takachiho Shrine.

Komainu in a style that looks kind of Mayan.

Komainu in a style that looks kind of Mayan.

Art Deco style komainu in Harajuku

Art Deco style komainu in Harajuku