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Water Dragon

It’s the year of the Water Dragon, so another look at the guardian of the temizuya1 at the shinto shrine.

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Daily Photo: The Watcher of the Shrine [83/365]

Looking over a shinto shrine from a dragon's point of view.

A view from the dragon at the temizuya1 overlooking the shrine grounds. He looks kind of sinister with his claws latched onto the stone like that, don’t you think? If you look closely you can see a spider web coming from his body to his arm. I guess being a Shinto Shrine guardian doesn’t involve much movement.

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Chained Dragon

I suppose your first reaction upon seeing this chained dragon1 might be along the lines of “good — best keep that dangerous creature trapped”, but let’s remember that unlike the demonic, sinister dragons in European stories, the Asian dragon is seen as a gentle, peaceful creature and a force for good. Considering that, it seems kind of cruel to keep him chained there. Hmm… maybe I should have freer him. I could have gotten a wish or something. Oh well.

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That's one mean looking dragon!

Dragon guarding water

This is a Chozuya, it is the place in a Shinto shrine where you are suppose to perform temizu, or in other words to wash your hands, rinse your mouth, and wash the ladle itself. It is a way to purify yourself before praying at the shrine. Shinto is very big on keeping everything clean.