Tourinji Temple, founded in 1614, was the first temple in the Yaeyamas. Two Nio guardians stand on either side of the temple entrance acting as mythical bouncers and warding off evil spirits.
J Muzacz is an artist and a traveller. He’s spent most of the last year working as a sugar cane farmer on Ishigaki, and drawn his encounters with the island’s people, and wildlife in his sketch books. Very cool, inspirational guy. Check out his work here. I know J from his earlier project Japan 365 where he drew an image of Japan every day for a year.