Why was the Shachihoko used as a roof decoration?
It was believed that this animal could cause the rain to fall, and as such, temples and castles were often adorned with roof ornaments ( shibi) crafted in the form of a shachihoko, in order to protect them from fire. Those buildings were often made of wood, rendering them flammable. When pronounced shachi (鯱), it also means " orca ".
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