Friday, January 2, 2015

(714) And lions


One of the many Chinese elements found in Japanese culture: the red lion heads (or “sishi”/獅子) with the green cloth, one of the most characteristic symbols of good luck, especially in relation to the beginning of the year –in Japan, like in China, there is also a dance with that name (sishimai or獅子舞) performed in public spaces to bring good luck/fortune.

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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