Guardian Dog In Tomioka Hachiman-Gu

Guardian dog in Tomioka Hachiman-Gu

The guardian dog was yawning in a threatening attitude

Shot at Tomioka Hachiman-Gu, a Shinto shrine in Monzennakacho, Tokyo.

Usually, two guardian dogs flank the approach in a Shinto shrine. And one opened its mouth and the other closed. To open mouth means the beginning of the world and to close the mouth means the end of the world. So they express the whole world.

The guardian dog in the photo was the one which opened its mouth. I thought an announcement might be sent when something was beginning. So the dog seemed to shout the announcement. Yet I could not hear its voice.

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Photo No.
45
Shooting Date
Mar 2005
Posted On
March 27, 2005
Place
Monzennakacho, Tokyo
Genre
Still Life Photography
Archive
MAR 2005 STILL LIFE TOKYO
Camera
CANON EOS 1V
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