This stately fellow is the Guardian of the house. He can do his job from any spot yet he is most often seen near the front entrance. In Europe and America he is called the Forest Gnome, but in Asia he is seen more as the protector of the house. Near his feet is a lucky Japanese 5 yen coin. There are holly leaves and berries for good fortune, and pine needles to bring blessings to older people. His belt is decorated with the figure eight (in Japanese) so that his age (88) goes around his belt. There are several faces hidden in his beard. Even in his hair behind his ears are faces to watch over the back door of the house. Don’t worry about the Guardian Gnome ever leaving you; he will live to well over 400 years old!