Shinto shrine walkthrough
We’re off to the shrine!
These are Japan’s imaginary creatures called the “comainu.” The name Foo Dogs right any bell for you? They always come in pairs, as a guardian for the Shrine. It is said that these Imperial Guardian Lions originated in China, traveled through the Korean Peninsula, and finally came here in Japan. These Fu Lions can be seen in many Asian countries including Tibet and Myanmar other than the countries I mentioned above.
Look at that huge shining “kane!” Although sunburnt and worn out, the rope to ring it is originally made with colors of white and red, symbolizing happiness in Japan. Seems thin, but when you actually grab it, it’s a handful.
The black box with the red kanjis is for your offering.