Japanese stone carved guardian lion-dogs at Shinto shrine, Koma-inu 狛犬

japaneseaesthetics: Japanese stone carved guardian lion-dogs at Shinto shrine, Koma-inu 狛犬. Photography by Yoshiki on photohito

Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa I'm so excited for my kids to experience all of this

狛犬

thekimonogallery: “At Kuya-no-Taki Falls near Kiyotaki in Western Kyoto, Japan. wiki: Shugendō is a highly “syncretic” (blending of two or more religious belief systems into a new system) religion.

Shisa statue on the rooftop in Okinawa, Japan - Shisa is a traditional Ryukyuan decoration, often in pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawan mythology. People place pairs of shisa on their rooftops or flanking the gates to their houses. Shisa are wards, believed to protect from some evils.

Shisa statue on the rooftop in Okinawa, Japan - Shisa is a traditional Ryukyuan…

Ryukyu Bingata hand stenciled and dyed Kimono made from these fabrics were once worn by royalty ...their colors are distinctive to Okinawa

Ryukyu Bingata hand stenciled and dyed Kimono made from these fabrics were once worn by royalty .their colors are distinctive to Okinawa

1 国宝 黄色地鳳凰蝙蝠宝尽青海立波文様紅型絹袷衣装

Royal threads: A designated national treasure bingata (Ryukyuan resist-dyed)costume decorated with Chinese phoenixes, bats and waves on a yellow background.

Katazome | Bingata vs Katazome 「紅型」対「型染」

Studying katazome, you inevitably end up hearing about and seeing the very similar technique of bingata which developed in Okinawa. Two wee.

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