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Art of Japanese Unicorn: Qilin or Kirin

Unicorn is one of four familiar mascots with folk beliefs of Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan. The unicorn is a royal, holy and revered animal. The unicorn appeared to predict the saint or sage born as in the case of Confucius in China.

Chinese myths and legends unicorn called qilin (麒 麟). Because it is a combination of two or more species in a chimerical body, the Chinese unicorn has a very clear lion shape. Following Buddhism into Japan through the Baekje (Korea) reclining in 552, the unicorn is called kirin (麒 麟, き り ん) and becomes the most sacred creature with top ranking power.

From the Nara period (710-794), new unicorns were transmitted to Japan in the Indian-Chinese lion form. The Japanese as well as Vietnamese have never seen a lion, but following the momentum of strongly propagating Confucian culture and the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, they trusted this mascot when it became known that the unicorn was the Confucian embodiment. The lion is the protector symbolizing the good Dharma of Buddha. It is the search for parallels when evangelism has adopted the period of kinship, which is close to the native animal.

From time to time and the stream of divine thoughts gathering Buddha, kirin also becomes a majestic beast protecting the royal palace gates and temples. In the 9th century, the Japanese changed the couple into an open mouth lion (shishi) and a close koma-inu, horned, looking like a dog.

Japan has many factions that are very important in making pottery. They argue that it is a mystery, which can help people escape from the world by a method to understand the mystery of the universe or an art no less like painting or writing. A worker who has made a strange ceramic, unlike anyone else, will be proud of being successful.

Because Japanese ceramic artisans always want to make the best and most beautiful products to be handed down for many generations, as well as overcome the prejudices of Europeans who despise pottery making art just art mineur.