Portrait of KOMAINU guard dog

These are a pair of Komainu (the mythical) guard dogs (or lion-dog) watching Itsukushima Shrine, as I snapped over a year ago.

Every shrines in Japan have the pair of watch dogs, each of which is having different outlook.  Generally they sit at the main gate of the shrine but this pair in Itsukushima sits in the middle of open-air connecting corridor facing the bay of Hiroshima.

This is my submission to Monochrome Madness this week hosted by Leanne Cole.

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challengeus about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

'Komainu' guard dog

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