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Japanese Koi Gift 2007/12/29 02:40
I bought a koi gift in Nara and my Mom wants to know the meaning of the ball that's inside. Any help?
by Joe  

... 2007/12/29 17:06
Can you upload the picture?
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Koi 2007/12/29 20:23
I don't have a picture, but it's a very small figure with a rope attached at the end. Inside there's a ball that rattles.
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... 2007/12/29 20:48
Like this?
Then I think what you've got is a cray bell. It was initially considered a musical instrument to invite gods and rattling sounds are also regarded to expel evil spirits.
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- 2007/12/29 22:39
It looks like the blue one. Thanks for your help.
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Where to see koi fish 2008/6/16 05:35
Where are the best places to watch koi in Japan? Are there koi museums, exebitions or gardens devoted to this beautiful fish?
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Japanese Style Lamps 2008/6/16 05:36
Where in Tokyo is the best place to buy Japanese style lamps? Can I buy them anywear?
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koi 2008/6/16 05:46

Well, if you are going to be in Tokyo, you can see Koi at the pond in the iris garden at Meiji Jingu (shrine)

Pretty much any garden that has a pond in Japan will have them. Also, Sankei-en in Yokohama (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/attractions/facilities/gar...) is nice and has them. Kenroku-en in Kanazawa has many

But like I said, any large traditional Japanee garden will most likely have them

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Koi in Tokyo 2008/6/16 22:20
For seeing koi I like Inokashira Park (although there was a die-off last year so there are not nearly as many now), and the pond in the garden behind Yasukuni shrine- there is even a vending machine selling little boxes of carp food to feed them and on weekdays there is rarely anyone else there.
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