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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 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.