Komainu, often called lion-dogs in English, are statue pairs of lion-like creatures either guarding the entrance or the inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself, where they are not visible to the public.
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Taken at the Kusatsu Honjin, in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture. Heading from Tokyo to Kyoto on the old Tōkaidō road during the Edo Period, Kusatsu was the out of 53 post stations along the way. I'll have more about this amazing inn soon.