Emperor's "carriage"

The center walkway leading to many official buildings had this dragon design carved in marble. This was the Emperor's "carriage" or walkway over which the Emperor was carried to the building. No one else could enter on this center walkway. (China)

Ikuta Shrine in Kobe, Japan

In the city of Kobe there are historical sights tucked away through out the modern buildings. This picture depicts a corner of the Ikuta Shrine in Japan with one of the many hotels in the background. The shrine is lost in the midst of department stores, restaurants and hotels. One would never know it is there if they were looking in the wrong direction.

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