“A what?” was my reaction when Ms. A mentioned it to me.
Well, it’s time to investigate it.
This is called Shishi-Den or a Lion-Shaped Stage which is found in Namba Yasaka Shrine.
This stage was completed in 1974. It is believed that the lion eats everyone’s suffering with it’s big mouth and brings happiness to people. These days, it is also believe that the lion attracts success with its big mouth and therefore it is popular among students studying for entrance exam, athletes and business people.
The mouth serves as the stage, while the nose is the speaker and eyes are the lights.
The local deity protecting the area: Susanoo-no-Mikoto is believed to enshrined inside the mouth.
So if ever you get to visit Namba in Osaka, take a small detour to Yasaka Shrine and checkout Shishi-Den.