Tiger Fish on the Roof

In many cases, the roofs of castles have fish-like statues on the top.  They are called Shachi Hoko.  Shachi is a killer whale but Shachi Hoko, I think, is different.  Wikipedia says that its body is a fish and its head is a tiger so Shachi Hoko is an imaginary animal. For example, Kakegawa Castle below has two…

Mimeguri Shrine – the Guardian Shrine of Mitsui Clan

Mitsui Clan is one of the large conglomerates in Japan which has various types of industry throughout Japan from banks to insurance companies, from heavy industry to shipping companies to shipping companies and so on.  The origin is Kimono wholesaler which turned into Mitsukoshi Department Store.  Their guardian shrine Mimeguri Jinja Shrine is in Mukojima by the…