The maiko (apprentice geisha) Kyouka makes her way to the Tsurui tea house in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan. I've been obsessed with Geisha since a young child...my grandparent's lived in Japan for a number of years. I would love to go to the Gion district!
Shisa statue on the rooftop in Okinawa, Japan - Shisa is a traditional Ryukyuan decoration, often in pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawan mythology. People place pairs of shisa on their rooftops or flanking the gates to their houses. Shisa are wards, believed to protect from some evils.