In Kyoto, if you look up, you can occasionally see protective demons affixed to a house's roof.
They are known as "oni kawara" ("devil roof tile"), and come in varying degrees of scariness.
Their job, so to speak, is to protect the home from evil - usually fires or break-ins.
However, until recently, we had never seen one made out of gold.
Just south of Oike near Teramachi on a brand new home was this little guy.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011