Japanese Antique Bronze Turtle

I discovered him in a miniature, ramshackle second-hand market at a park in Kyoto, Japan. He sat on a table amidst antique clocks, a sea of tarnished bronze.

Later that evening I sat on the riverbank drinking Asahi beer with a friend. My friend asked the neighboring stranger in Japanese to tell us about the turtle. He’s the Guardian Deity of the North.

Antique Japanese Turtle