An example of the extraordinary care given to Japanese gardens. This branch has several custom supports in Honen-in temple, Kyoto. A mechanical dough roller-turner-filler device prepares sweets near Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto. Meteora in central Greece has several monasteries perched on top of very tall sandstone pinnacles. One monastery uses a basket to transport monks and supplies across the deep ravine that separates it from the nearest road. Visitors can go inside the enormous bronze sculpture of the Great Buddah (Diabatsu) in Kamakura, Japan. The photo on the left is looking upwards. Kroller-Muller Museum Sculpture Garden, Otterlo, Netherlands. Thousands of Torii gates line a hillside path at Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto. A garden fence in Tenruyi-ji temple, Kyoto. Pergola roof beams after an ice storm in New Hampshire. Many interconnected wooden buildings form the towering Himeji castle complex in central Japan. Fishing nets on a pier in Crete. Gardeners tend even the smallest tree branch at Rikugien garden in Tokyo. Water sculpture in a park near Arnhem, Netherlands. Exterior staircase at Chateau du Nouveau Windstein, Wissembourg, France. Perched above a steep hill overlooking Kyoto is Kiyomizu-dera temple. The Witch's Eye is actually a slice of a fallen tower of Engelbourg Castle in Thann, France.
What is it?

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