Pacephotographs/ April 2, 2016/ Japan/ 0 comments

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.