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Waiting for the traffic light to change in Kyoto, Japan


One example of the more than 2000 temples and shrines scattered throughout Kyoto


Fushimi-Inari Taisha, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Kyoto,

with its repetitive torii (vermilion gates)


Himeji: Japan's most famous castle

Built in 1580 and newly renovated


Three people praying inside the Shinto Itsukushima-jinja shrine

on the Japanese island of Miyajima


On the main street in Miyajima


The graveyard behind the Zen Buddhist temple Toko-ji in Hagi, Japan;

All the odd-numbered feudal lords who governed Hagi during the Edo Period (1603-1868) are buried here

(The even-numbered feudal lords are buried elsewhere)


The entrance to the Bulguksa Buddhist Temple on the slopes of Mt. Toham in South Korea


Lanterns celebrating the Buddha's birthday at the Bulguksa Temple


School children visit the Gyeongju National Museum in South Korea


Sculptures outside the Karato Wholesale Fish Market in Moji, Japan,

depicting fishmongers using concealed hand signals to communicate market information about the prized puffer fish,

which can be deadly if not properly prepared


A ceremony at the Shinto Akama Shrine in Moji



The Shinto Mekari Shrine in Moji


Drummers commemorate our departure from Moji Port


The Koraku-en Gardens at Okayama Castle near Uno, Japan


A young couple poses for wedding photographs in the Koraku-en Gardens


And for a change of pace, the bustling shopping/dining center in Osaka, Japan


Peter & Lieschen in front of sake barrels


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