In a previous post, I mentioned my growing infatuation with rooftop decorations spotted at Japanese shrines and temples. More specifically, the onigawara 鬼瓦 (“demon” or “goblin tile”) variety with their limitless styling variations. While exploring the Kinkaku-ji temple in Kyoto, I discovered a ton of these design curiosities. Apparently they are intended to ward off evil spirits of fire.
First glimpse of a looming obsession.
The largest and most ornate onigawara at Kinkaku-ji
Looks like he is ready to blow out a fire.
Why so angry?
Slightly less refined style and finish.
This chubby cheek demon was atop the building with food vendors. I doubt it was a coincidence.
This guy had stubby horns and and interesting ear design.
I suspect by the look of this one’s jaw that he may like shrimp.
These sleeping giants made me think of the 金銀兄弟 (Kingin Kyōdai) in Naruto. Next time I return I’ll be on the lookout for the Sage’s weapons.
The flat roof made him look like a robot caterpillar.
This small, animal like goblin tile hidden on the back side of a building.
Cross eyed with an underbite, poor fellow.
I have no idea why this lone peach was placed there. Any thoughts?
Paulownia, and chrysanthemum crest of Kinkaku-ji.