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Shisa, Taketomi Island
24-MAY-2003

Shisa, Taketomi Island

There is only one village on Taketomi Island, with traditional Okinawan architecture, beautiful beaches, stone walls, sand streets and transportation by water buffalo-drawn carts. It had a population of 323 as of January 2012. Almost every house has a shisa, or guardian lion-dog, on the roof or two opposing ones on the gateposts.

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François Fauchard16-Apr-2017 14:23
Oh! Which terrible monster...
exzim10-Apr-2017 15:55
I hope Sahraa doesn't see this. That aside, an excellent picture
Julie Oldfield10-Apr-2017 04:32
Quite a frightening creature! Nicely captured. V