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Japanese Gardian Komainu by SheltieWolf Japanese Gardian Komainu by SheltieWolf
Japanese gardian dog Komainu [狛犬] of Yasaka Jinja [八坂神社] (Jinja = Japanese Shinto Shrine). Yasaka Jinja is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto [京都]. There are some couples of Komainu. He is sitting at the left side of a big main gate, and watching with shaped eyes to Gion [祇園] area of Kyoto from above. :)

Komainu statues at the gate of Japanese shrine Jinja are the same as guardian lions at the gate of palaces and castles in Europe and China. When you visit a Shinto shrine in Japan, you can always look Japanese gardian dog Komainu in Jinja (except very small Jinja and very old Jinja). However I'm sure this Komainu is the most handsome and masculine guardian among Komainus which I've ever looked. :D

He was made of bronze at the Taisho era (about 90 years ago). (Almost Komainu statues were made of stone. So bronze statue of Komainu is comparatively rare.) He has a horn on his forehead, a proud penetration in his eyes, powerful muscles on his build, and nobility in his pose. :)

Yasaka Jinja is standing on the hill at the edge of the old capital area in Kyoto. Therefore his figure looks like that he has strongly kept an eyes on Kyoto from there for a long time. :)
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Amazing!
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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jade-costumes Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Hm I thought Female Komainu had horns and male didnt not??
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually there is no strict law about their genders. There are all cases [male-male], [male-female], [female-female]. And sometimes, we can't see their gender. ^^;
But komainus at the main gate of Yasaka Jinja are surely males, because they have an absolutely big... "a symbol of a male". ;p
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jade-costumes Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
ooh haha I see XD
:D I hope to study in japan in 2016 so maybe I will get to see the guardians myself! ^w^
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you will enjoy a Japanese real life in 2016. Good luck for your study. :D
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jade-costumes Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you! I hope so too!
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Amazing :love:
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Shing94 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... This looks cool. O.o
I agree with the handsome and masculine aspect of this one. Although compared to other statues of the same function in other countries instead of the same type. ^^;
And is this actually bronze? It does look more like iron to me...
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is my best favourite komainu among what I looked. :D

Yes. He is made of bronze. If he is made of iron, He had surely got a rusty on his body. :)
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Shing94 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He isn't very decorative or anything else but he is the best looking for sure. =D

Huh... I somehow remember bronze a bit more orange than this... It might just oxidated though or I get the colour wrong. o.o;
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dragontechtigerchaos Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Sweet! My grandmother has some of those (well its a lil different) at her house, i remember climbing those all the time when i was lil xD (i was five and i was visiting my grandma in korea :3)
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, Korea? You visited Japan when you went to Korea, didn't you? :)
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dragontechtigerchaos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
nope XD my grandma is from japan, but one i will visit japan soon ^^
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you will enjoy travelling Japan then. :D
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dragontechtigerchaos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
hehe thanks ^^ Cant wait!
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TyphoonLaghost Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student
Why dont I have this where i live??? Its so pretteh
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someday, you must come to Japan. I'm sure you can enjoy a trip. ^^
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TyphoonLaghost Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student
Im sure i will. and i like anime so yeah :)
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks wonderful, and way cooler then our lions in Europe
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. Japanese Komainu is far relatives with Lion in Europe. They were brothers n ancient times. :D
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Problem was that the typical gothic master had never seen a real lion, did they do in Asia?
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably, origin of lion statues is Ancient Orient. Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt and so on. Guardian lions went to the West and become lion statues, went to the East and become Chinese Lion and Japanese Komainu. :)
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Work-Of-Dragons Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, those eyes! He looks ready to jump into action if he needs to! That makes sence cause it's kinda the point and all but still :) Hehe may need to put a stone on this guys back so he doesn't go around at night.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
He is my best favourite komainu among what I looked. Very powerful! And yes, he looks to jump into action. :)
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Work-Of-Dragons Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:) You're welcome!
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amethyst-destiny Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this!! :heart:
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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amethyst-destiny Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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lalapubpub Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
he's at the right side of the entrance, but do you know why this one is fully sexed does this have a special meaning ?
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Komainu often have a gender. We can see it easily because male Komainu have a "symbol" of a man. :D
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Bent-Lantern Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just cool!
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Awesome
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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OneEyedCanine Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
That is so cool. I am jealous that you live in a place with so much wonderful and powerful history. I see what you mean by he has penetrating eyes. It's like he is looking right at me haha. In Montana we just have a bunch of large land masses that people like to visit, and old ghost towns.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. Surely, I may be happy because I can look traditional stuff easily. :)

Someday, you must come to Japan. ^^
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OneEyedCanine Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
I would love to come to Japan some day haha. Perhaps after college.
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Cottonee7 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Um, wow, I can't believe that statue looks so cool, Japan must be a pretty place. :)
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I hope you can visit Japan someday. I'm sure you will love Japan. :D
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Vaiha Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
cool :)
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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IAstartov Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Great!
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Daughter-Of-Wolves Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful.

Looks almost sad about something, like it has seen too much change since it first started its watch.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Daughter-Of-Wolves Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are more than welcome
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Glacierstar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I really love his eyes. They look like they're lit from the inside almost. Very beautiful. -nodnod-
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! He is the most favourite komainu which I looked. :)
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