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Shisa, on Taketomi Island

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 20 March 2013 in Architecture.

There is a village on Taketomi Island that preserves much of the traditional architecture, customs and cultures of this area of Okinawa. The village is famous for its traditional houses, which were built to withstand the frequent typhoons that buffet the island.
'Shisa' (a Ryukyu decoration that looks like a dog-lion) can be seen on rooftops or walls of houses as wards against evil. The shisa of Taketomijima are unique in shape and color, all having a different, individual expression, conceived and merged from the individual customs and cultures of each area.

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cool guardian. I hope you show us more of the typhoon resistant architecture.

20 Mar 2013 5:15am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice shot

20 Mar 2013 7:09am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

unusual roof tiles......lovely patterns, colours & visual composition

20 Mar 2013 8:10am

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Lovely framing.

20 Mar 2013 9:29am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Super frame !

20 Mar 2013 10:15am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

A very cool house guardian ! Nice capture and interesting explanations.

20 Mar 2013 10:26am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, the colors and composition are fabulous here, Stu. Well done!

20 Mar 2013 11:21am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Those are the ugliest but some of the best selling tourist attractions here:( hate them:)

20 Mar 2013 11:25am

@J.R.: Yes my better half suggested buying some. We decided not to but as I don't have to see them everyday I thought they were rather nice.

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Well seen !

20 Mar 2013 2:55pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

I really enjoy the frame and pov here - it's like we have climbed to the top to sit along side this wonderful character

20 Mar 2013 7:49pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Shisa are very cool, particularly enjoyed spotting them everywhere on my visit to Okinawa.

20 Mar 2013 10:54pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Thank you for the interesting info. I love the colors and how the red stands out against the beautiful blue sky

21 Mar 2013 4:11am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Lucky you to get to such far away area! I was also looking for the Shisaa when I visited Okinawa many years ago! I found the roofs and their presence on them quite fascinating!

21 Mar 2013 11:09am

@Japanalia: Okinawa is so different from the mainland.

Will from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

I did love seeing the Shisa in Okinawa, love the rich colours in the roof and the sky here.

It's good to come round by your blog again too, sorry it's been so long.


21 Mar 2013 5:31pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

That's beautiful and even the roof looks great. I wouldn't mind a Shisa on my roof :)

22 Mar 2013 3:53am