When we traveled to Kyoto and Kobe, I found myself looking for shisas at the entryways to–and on the rooftops of–buildings. Their absence on the mainland reminded me that shisa, like many things on this Island, are uniquely Okinawan.
I can’t help but be amused by the variety of shisa. Whether they are portrayed as fierce protectors or happy-go-lucky-guardians, they make me smile. I hope they make you smile too.