Japanese roof tile Kawara decorative ornament Shachihoko, Daikoku, Ebisu 鯱、大黒、恵比寿

Roofs of Japanee traditional houses are generally covered with ceramic tiles called Kawara (瓦)  and these are often decorated with the decorative ornaments like Shachihoko (鯱).

These decorave ornaments often have meanings like keeping away bad spirits, to protect the house etc.




This fish like creature is called Shachihoko (鯱), which is an imaginary creature. The Shachihoko has a face of tiger and a fish body and it has been believed that in case of fire, the Shachihoko extinguish the fire with water emitted from the mouth.

Old Japanese castles generally have the Shachihoko on the both ends of roof.


He is called Daiku (大黒) and is a member of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune (七福神). He is a god of food and good fortune, sitting on a bags of rice and carring a large bag which is a full of fortune and also carring the fortune hanmer.


The next guy is called Ebisu(恵比寿).


He is also a member of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune (七福神)and he is a god of business.


They are generally put on a roof to decorate the house and to protect those people living in there.

They can also be used for decorating your garden or balcony and can also be used as an interior decoration.



You can check the sizes and prices of these ornaments on my online store

Yahoo shop:

Aoyama Market:


You can also see the actual ornaments at my store

Tax Free Shopping

When the total of your purchase exceeds over 5,000yen, you can claim for tax free shopping. We need your passport to do that, so please do not forget to bring it with you, when you visit our store in Tokyo.

How to purchase them?

You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.

Please choose the products you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with Paypal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.

For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.

Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).

How to visit us in Tokyo?

The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station (外苑前駅)Exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro. When you walk up the stairs of the exit 1b, you just need to walk straight for about 100m and our store is on the right side of the street on the ground floor.

Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya on Tokyo Metro Ginza line.

If you are a visitor, please bring your passport, so you can enjoy tax free shopping!

You can also find a map on our HP!


MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062

Tel: 03-3401-0922



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Philip Dunn says:


    We have been instructed to create a mock Japanese gazebo for a theme park in the UK and I require 6No Shacki roof ornaments and 6No Makra dragon faces to use on in the roof structure please can you help?

    1. Thank you very much for your comment. I can certainly help you to export these things from Japan.

      Can you send me the details of Makura dragon and Shachi via my HP?

      There are various sizes and designs, so if you have any ideas of the sizes, then that’ll be helpful.
      If you have a photo of Makra dragon faces, can you also send me one?
      We may have to make new ones, so in that case it will take a month to prepare.

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