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An Okinawan Guardian Lion-dog

An Okinawan Guardian Lion-dog

An Okinawan shisa (lion-dog) on a traditional Okinawan red-tiled rooftop. Shisa are placed on the roofs of homes, or in front of entrances, to ward off evil spirits. These guardian lion-dogs originated in China and were later exported to Korea, Japan, and Okinawa. All variations of the Okinawa shisa are close relatives of the Japanese shishi and the komainu lion-dogs, objects whose origin, function and symbolic meaning they share.

Okinawan Shisa

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Shisa Lion-dog in Okinawa Japan 865KB

Shisa Lion-dog in Okinawa Japan 865KB

(2009) Okinawa's Guardian Shisa Lion-dog.

Shisa Lion-dog in Okinawa Japan 1.22MB

Shisa Lion-dog in Okinawa Japan 1.22MB

(2009) Okinawa's Guardian Shisa Lion-dog.

Shisa Lion-dog in Okinawa Japan 3.22MB

Shisa Lion-dog in Okinawa Japan 3.22MB

(2009) Okinawa's Guardian Shisa Lion-dog.


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Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

John Russell Burgreen III

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