Shachihoko

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One can’t help but notice this fish-like creature illustration with human legs at the subway stations of Nagoya, usually reminding you not to smoke. When I visited the iconic Nagoya Castle and saw its peculiar rooftop adornment, I then realize where the idea of the subway mascot came from.

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One of the many replicas of Shachihoko on display inside the Nagoya Castle

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Shachihoko on the castle’s roof (times two)

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A Shachihoko replica to sit on for a snapshot, for posterity’s sake

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