The mysterious Rakan (石像千二百羅漢) of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji (愛宕念仏寺) in Kyoto! The temple has a wonderful array of 1,200 carved stone figures of Rakan (石像千二百羅漢) (disciples of Shaka, the founder of Buddhism). These statues, in keeping with rakan traditions, are generally humorous and kawaii. The sculptures were donated in 1981 in honor of the refurbishment of the temple. Most were carved by amateurs, taught by sculptor Kocho Nishimura.
Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with the remains of Shuri Castle, Nanjo City to the east of Naha is home to Sefa Utaki, the most powerful sacred land in Okinawa. "Utaki" is a place where the gods descended to earth,Blue ocean waters are visible from between the stones. In the blue ocean, you can see a long, thin island. This is Kudaka Island, the "Isle of the Gods." The Okinawa people believed that gods came here from Nirai Kanai (paradise on the other side of the ocean).