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South Bank Shachi

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 12 April 2015 in Miscellaneous.

Came across these statues of Japanese shachi (mythical creature often described as a dolphin or killer whale) while walking around London's South Bank area. These usually adorn the top of Japanese castles, and I believe these are replicas of the famous kinshachi (gold shachi) at Nagoya castle. This is the back of the old county hall, now an aquarium and entertainment spot, owned by a Japanese company based in Osaka.... there is obviously a connection, but I can't find any information about why these shachi are here...

It was a surreal find...

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

I bet you were quite amazed when discovering them Daryl!

12 Apr 2015 7:48am

@Richard Standley: Certainly not what I was expecting to see this day Richard!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Indeed!!! But...they work well on the grey and sober walls!

12 Apr 2015 11:48am

@Japanalia: Thanks Gabriela!

L'Angevine from Angers, France


13 Apr 2015 6:48am

@L'Angevine: Merci L'Angevine!