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Photo shows one of the stone guardian lions  that marshal Kankaimon gate inside the Shuri-jo Castle Park  in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, on May 28, 2012. Kankaimon is the front gate of the castle and "kankai", which means "welcome", indicates that it was the gate at which visitors, such as Chinese envoys, were greeted upon arrival.