The guardian dog was yawning in a threatening attitude

Guardian dog in Tomioka Hachiman-Gu
Shot at Tomioka Hachiman-Gu, a Shinto shrine in Monzennakacho, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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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.

日本語
Mar 2005 STILL LIFE TOKYO

Where is Tomioka Hachiman-Gu?

PHOTO DATA

No

45

Shooting Date

Mar 2005

Posted On

March 27, 2005

Modified On

August 5, 2020

Place

Monzennakacho, Tokyo

Genre

Still Life Photography

Camera

CANON EOS 1V

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