Shinto is the ancient indigenous religion of Japan, which recognizes many nature spirits and mythological figures. Shinto is also an essential symbol of the nation, intimately linked to the emperor. Shinto shrines and items are usually simple in design and ornament, made of unfinished wood and natural materials.
Buddhist shrines and accessories originated in India and China, and are usually more colorful and ornate in style. The two religions have always gotten along well together, and can be represented in the same shrine, and even in the same deity. These shrines, figures, deities; the shishi temple lions, baku, and all the heavenly guardians provide valuable spiritual and cultural perspectives, and are very engaging artworks.