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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.