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Giboshi (擬宝珠?) is a kind of ornament used on older Japanese bridges.[1] In Japan, giboshi bridge ornaments in are said to resemble the bulbous flower of the onion. The ends of giboshi are bulbous and come to a point, resembling the onion domes in Western culture. They are often found in older Japanese bridges, and on bridges in Japanese gardens, temples and shinto shrines.

A giboshi


  1. ^ "Giboshi". Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users Systme (JAANUS). Retrieved 9 January 2013.