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This is the Shachi which is located between the eastern end of the Japanese Friendship Garden's koi pond and its Tea House.

According to the plaque on the base, "The Shachi is a mythical ferocious fish which energetically spouts water, sprays waves, and causes rain to fall. As a charm to guard against fire and disaster, Shachi have been used on the roofs of castles and temples since the 15th century. In Himeji Castle, Shachi are placed on the ridges of the roofs of the Tenshu (main tower) and the Yogura (small towers), and the gates to accentuate the dignity of the Castle.

This Shachi was presented to the city of Phoenix by its sister city of Himeji, Japan in 1991.

Details of the festival and the Japanese Friendship Garden can be found in my first photo from the festival. The Japanese Friendship Garden's website is www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org.

ISO 800, 0.3 seconds at f/4.0, 44mm focal length

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