|A pair of shisa figurines in the countryside near Naha, Okinawa.|
|Shisa costume at Okinawa Airport, Naha.|
|Shisa character in traditional Okinawan dance|
However, their brick-red coloration, height relative to width, and the often simpler "rough-cut" details of their features, giving them on occasion something of a comical air, set them apart as something that, like Okinawa, is Japanese but with a difference.
The Okinawa souvenir scene is awash with shisa, from the ceramic authentic to the made-in-China two-a-penny versions, from the genuinely, majestically fearsome to the consciously cutesy.
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