Okayama, Chugoku

Koma-inu (stone carved guardian dogs) are generally lion-like statues which serve as a talisman. But the koma-inu of Kibitsu are a toy that has been made for generations in the city of Okayama, Okayama Prefecture. Kibitsu figures are only about 3 cm in length and are handmade in clay. They come in sets consisting of a standing dog, a sitting dog and a bird. At the shrine Kibitsu-jinja in Okayama is a sacred koma-inu traditionally believed to guard against fire and theft, and the clay figures are associated with this koma-inu. The figure of the bird is believed to prevent the owner from choking on food.


Kibitsu Shrine:931 Kibitsu, Okayama-shi, Okayama
[Bus]JR Kibitsu Stn. / 10-min. walk

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