Shoki-san

These little figures on the front roofs are called ” Shoki-san”.

They are for protection from harm or disaster, and their roots are from Taoism in China. 

They block goblins and demons which came from temples and Shoki-san protect people’s homes. 

Kyoto has a lot of temples, so there are many Shoki-san.

They say there are about 3000 of them.

You can find many of them in Kamihichiken and other traditional neighborhoods.

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