Nagoya Castle, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Nagoya Castle (名古屋城) is a restored Japanese castle located in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
On either end of the topmost castle roof are two golden tiger-headed dolphins, called kinshachi (金鯱); this motif is used as a talisman to prevent fires. They also are said to be symbols representing the authority of feudal lords.
Both kinshachi were lowered temporarily from atop the castle and displayed on the castle grounds briefly, at the site of the Expo 2005 from March 19 to June 19, 2005. A photograph of one of them, taken during that brief display, is at right.
They were restored to the top beam of the castle roof on July 9 of the same year and may be seen glittering in the sunlight in the lead photograph for the article.
In preparation for the World Expo, plaques using the English language were added to most displays for the castle and a 3-D movie showing the paintings in Honmaru Palace (本丸御殿, Honmaru Goten) was created for the anticipated large number of visitors to view.
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