Shisa comes in all different sizes and shapes! From the fierce looking traditional Shisa on the roof to the colorful little ones with huge smiles. It is impossible to not love them ^_^
They are originally from China but as with many imported folklore creatures, they have taken on a slightly different role and appearance in Okinawa that is unique to the region. They are very popular in Ishigaki and you can easily find your own pair in any souvenir store, or why not make one yourself in one of the potteries? They will protect you against evil and make sure your good luck doesn’t go away.
By the way, did you know that they are making a Shisa park in Ishigaki?
Find out more about Shisa on my newest page here