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 placed in Tomioka Hachiman-Gu 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.
|Mar 2005 STILL LIFE TOKYO
|GUARDIAN DOG MONZENNAKACHO SHRINE STATUE
March 27, 2005
December 12, 2023
Still Life Photography
CANON EOS 1V