Protect and decorate your home with the Shisas, Guardians of Okinawa !
Shisas are the “Guardians of Okinawa”. They are the icons of the Japanese archipelago of Okinawa.
Derived from the “guardian lions” imported from China in the fourteenth century, they took an outward appearance and meaning of unique importance in Asia.
Shisas are always found in pairs: the male Shisa, always on the right, keeps his mouth opened to ward off evil spirits; the female Shisa, always on the left, holds her mouth closed to keep happiness in the house.
Okinawan people, always mindful to stay away from bad thoughts, place the Shisas on rooftops or on either side of any kind of buildings.
“Outdoor” Shisas have the traditional aspect of a mixture between a lion and a dog.
Lately, some artists take liberties with this traditional form and give birth to very different Shisas with various shapes, colours and features. They fit interiors and bring joy and happiness.
Hence, alternately art pieces and lucky charms, Shisas are the pure essence of Okinawan culture. They surely contribute to the renowned happiness of its people.