Komainu (guardian dogs) is a pair of statues standing at the entrance of a shrine or temple. Komainu are imaginary lion-like (dog-like) creatures which are believed to ward off evil sprits. They come in all sorts of shape and sizes, but usually have fierce looks with large fangs. There is a Japanese term derived from komainu: ga-un no kokyuh (a-un breathing), or ga-un no kankeih (a-un relationship). This term expresses an inherently harmonious relationship or non-verbal communication. gah refers to the komainu on the right which has its mouth open to pronounce the sound "a" and gunh refers to the left one with its mouth shut to utter the sound gunh. Komainu donft draw spotlight from visitors very much, but maybe we should occasionally take time to appreciate their presence.
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