Dragon Turtle on Hoonji Gate, Morioka.

Dragon Turtles are one of the Four Celestial Animals. They guard the direction North. It’s season is Winter. 

I earlier blogged a photo of the Byakko, White Tiger. Byakko guards the West, it’s season is Autumn. The Dragon guards the East and it’s season is Spring. The Phoenix guards the South and it’s season is Summer.