From Osaka Castle Rest of Japan, Traditional Culture Add comments Mar 062012 Far from being my best picture, I still like it somehow. In case you’re wondering such fish on the roofs of Japanese castles and houses are called Shachihoko. Share on TumblrYou may also be interested in:Kiyomizu-deraAnother Small Hōryū-ji StreetOkayama Castle and a BridgeMarugame Castle 5 Responses to “From Osaka Castle” Japan Australia says: March 7, 2012 at 9:34 am Very nice! A shachihoko is an animal in Japanese folklore with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp. I’ve seen them on quite a few castles including Osaka-jo, Okayama-jo and the famous Kin no Shachihoko on Nagoya-jo. Japan Australia recently posted..Kyoto Japan Reply David says: March 7, 2012 at 10:33 am Thanks for the extra info. I didn’t know Shachihoko were originally mythical creatures, although it makes sense. Reply Steph says: March 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm That’s fabulous. Now, if there was a creature with a carp’s body and a llama’s head, then that would symbolise our business very well. I’d put one of those on our roof! Steph recently posted..Paris Nice 2012: Daggs See Day Three Reply David says: March 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm LOL. You still can make it up. Reply GaijinDa says: March 8, 2012 at 1:08 am Terrific pic ! Osaka is a wonderful town. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name (required) E-mail (required) Blog or Site Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.