Dragon’s finger

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Did you know that dragon’s finger is different depending on countries? Oh I didn’t know that.

 

Above picture is a pillar in Shuri-castle, Okinawa. The dragon has 4 fingers. Dragons in Japan (main land) has 3 fingers and 5 fingers in China. Why??

 

Our Wikipedia says: China prohibited using 5-finger-dragon in 1297 because it’s symbol of Chinese emperor, and then Okinawa (Ryukyu kingdom at that time) and Korea were allowed to use 4-finger one.

 

After knowing that, I visited a temple in Nara, and found that all dragons (on the wall or near the pond) have 3 fingers!! Wow… interesting.

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