Shisas, also known as Seasers, are protectors and guardians used in Japan to ward off evil and ensure good luck.
Godzilla fans may remember the King Shisa monster from Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, awakened in Okinawa to help Godzilla defeat Mechagodzilla!
Shisas look like a cross between a lion and a dog and while they are meant to be strong guardians, many are adorable figures!
Seen above are just some of the varieties that can be found- and yes it IS japan, so Hello Kitty Shisas do exist!
Before the Edo Period, the Shisas were primarily kept at temples and shrines.
During the Edo Period and continued until this day seasers can be found on the rooftops and entryways of private homes in Japan.
The legend of the Shisa began in Okinawa- where today the guardian dogs can be seen on street corners, at the airport and many Okinawans make a living by designing and sculpting unique Shisas.
They sell in amounts anywhere from 500 yen (approx $5 USD) to 5950000 yen (approx $50,000 USD).
One legend of the Seasers states that- One Seasar has his mouth open, the other shut, So good luck can come in and not leave!
Read about Japan’s other good luck charm- Unko (poop)!!