Mythical creatures are so great. What’s better than made-up monsters from a thousand years ago, immortalized in art that perpetuates to this day?
The komainu are mythical lion-like beasts that sit in pairs usually in front of temples in Japan (and China) to ward off bad luck and evil nonsense.
I fell in love with these guys while I was in China. There are some huge stone animals along a walkway in Shanghai that I wanted to photograph (not enough time!). But I managed to snag a shot with one that I became particularly fond of.
2 thoughts on “Komainu”
Absolutely stunning photo. I love komainu.
The snowy photo is not mine, but yes, I am a huge fan. They are such a fascinating testament to the human creativity and child-like fantasy world adults feel comfortable creating (adorably).