Another item for my fourfold menagerie is the four symbolic mythological beasts of China. They are associated with the Four Cardinal Directions and the Four Seasons.
- The Vermilion Bird (South, Summer, named Zhūquè or Ling Guang)
- The Azure Dragon (East, Spring, named Qīnglóng or Meng Zhang)
- The Black Turtle (North, Winter, named Xuánwǔ or Zhi Ming)
- The White Tiger (West, Fall, named Báihǔ or Jian Bing)
They are also part of Japanese folklore and I show the Japanese names of these four god beasts to the right, mostly because I am more familiar with them: Suzaku, Seiryu, Genbu, and Byakko.
It was nice to see the Four Beasts in the opening ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.