I took this at a tiny Shinto shrine outside of a zen temple. Seems weird, right? Why Buddhist stuff on a Shinto building? It's a long story, but basically sometime after Buddhism was introduced in Japan, it completely took over as the main religion and more or less absorbed Shinto. At this time, the lions (shishi) started showing up at Shinto Shrines to show that they were being protected by the teachings of Buddhism. The two religions are officially separate these days, but the signs from when they were one and the same remain.