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Temple Guardians

When a nio isn’t providing a temple with quite enough protection, it’s time to call for some feline assistance.

This ungyo (吽形) guardian can be found at Saifukuji (最福寺, a.k.a. Enoshima Daishi or 江ノ島大師) on Enoshima. I’m not sure if you will find the cat here or not, although you are almost sure to see some wandering the island.

3 Responses to “Temple Guardians”

  1. 1
    David:

    Awesome. 🙂

    It’s the first time I see a Nio, not in a gate (but then again, I haven’t seen all temples). Is that “normal”?

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    acase:

    It’s more common to see them in the gate, but I have seen them without a gate on several occasions. Here is another one: http://traveljapanblog.com/wordpress/2009/08/friends-in-the-neighborhood/

  3. 3
    Lili:

    Nice and funny picture 🙂
    I wonder if I am not more afraid of the cat than of the nio!

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