/ April 2, 2016/ Japan

Shisa, Shīsā,
Okinawan: shiisaa
[シーサー]

Is a traditional Ryukyuan decoration, often in pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawa mythology.

Shisas are wards, believed to protect from evil.

When in pairs, the left shisa traditionally has a closed mouth, the right one an open mouth. The open mouth wards off evil spirits, and the closed mouth keeps good spirits in.

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