What are shachi exactly? Well, the exact translation depends on who you’re talking to. Many call them “orca” or “dolphin”, but they’ve got the head of a tiger with the body of a carp. Traditionally, they’re placed on the corners of castle roofs to bring good luck and to protect from fire. In Aichi, the ones on Nagoya Castle are covered in gold-leaf, making them the shiniest and most famous shachi in Japan.
Shachi on top of Nagoya Castle in Aichi Prefecture
Shachi can be found on even the smallest castles around the country, but I thought Nagoya Castle’s were quite impressive!