Daruma doll shrine, Kurashiki, Japan


Exploring in Kurashiki, Japan, atop a hill, I found this shrine decorated with dozens of Daruma dolls, which are representations of the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma.


Bodhidharma statue, Shaolin Temple, China


After an hour-long climb up the mountain, this is a better view of the Bodhidharma statue than if I stayed down in the valley and looked through one of the telescopes at the Shaolin Temple, Songshan, China.