Shouki (鍾馗)roof top ornament from Awaji Island 淡路島の瓦


As I described on my earlier blog, the Japanese traditional roofs are decorated with those tiles which have some meanings to them, like preventing fire, keeping away bad spirits, bringing good fortune to the house etc.

We have, however, been gradually loosing the traditional roof tile culture due to the westernization of our life style by replacing the old wooden houses with modern concrete buildings.

As we lose our traditional culture, those people who have been involved with making these traditional things suffer significantly affecting their life adversely and unable to continue their carrier due to the lack of demands.

Once those tradition is lost from our culture, it is very unlikely that we retain that lost culture, so the loss will be eternal unfortunately and we will never be able to regain the loss.

What I believe is that we should do something before it is going to be too late and to retain that our dying tradition, we have to support those people who are in that industry. One way and the easiest way of supporting them is to keep consuming their products.

The roof tiles can be decorative features of our home and we can put them on the shelfs or gardens and balconies.


Shouki (鍾馗) is god of preventing infectious diseas and keeping away bad spirits from your home.


This is the smaller version of Shouki.


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


Size L:

Size S:


Aoyama market:

Size L:

Size S:


You can also see the actual ornaments at my store

MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062


The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line.






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