Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Watch Your Step

This is a scene from cliff terrain in a place called "Stray Dog Point" on Tokunoshima Island, near Okinawa. I thought the name came from the formation's resemblance to the open mouth of a snarling dog. Alas, it has a more sinister connotation--stray and dangerous dogs were eliminated from society by being pushed from the cliff onto the razor sharp rocks below.

Katsuren Castle is located at a cliffside location with similar terrain. A rocky cliff just like this one figures in the story.

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