Photo of the Day: Watchman Posted on March 10, 2015March 10, 2015 by helenkamakura Terrifying, no? This is Nio-sama. At the entrance to many temples, you'll find Nio-sama in the first gate, one on the right and one on the left. Their job is to guard the temple from evil people and things. This Nio-sama keeps watch at Myohon-ji.