Category Archives: Superstition

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

Fly Away

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Each table in this carinderia has clear plastic bottle with water and foil inside for keeping houseflies away. Lady owner is counting on the "silaw" factor for the flies in deterring them

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