These statues are seen at the entrances to shrines.
They look like a mixture between a lion and a dog which is from Okinawan mythology.
They are always in pairs – one with a closed mouth and one with an open mouth.
The open mouth wards off evil spirits and the closed mouth keeps the good spirits in.
They’re a little bit like gargoyles…
They’re even sometimes put on rooftops and near houses as a good luck charm.