狛犬

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
こま
Hyōgaiji
いぬ
Grade: 1
kun'yomi

Noun[edit]

狛犬 (hiragana こまいぬ, romaji komainu)

A closed-mouth or un komainu.
  1. A lion-dog or shrine dog; a guardian statue seen in temples. Usually found in pairs, one on either side of an entryway, one with the mouth open to represent the syllable a or the start of things, and the other with the mouth closed to represent the syllable un or the end of things (similar to the phrase alpha and omega).

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