The Newport Casino opened in 1880 as the most complete resort faciltiy in America. Located behind the store-front building shown here are the world-famous Lawn Tennis Courts, The National Tennis Hall of Fame, and the Van Alen Casino Theatre.
Tashirojima Island~Cats outnumber the human residents on the Island. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, relying on stray cats to control the mouse population. The fishermen would feed the cats that hung around the inns, & a kinship developed, aided by a local belief that looking after cats brings good luck & fortune. The island is now a popular tourist destination, complete with shrines to the feline population & architecture shaped like cats. —Emma Sloley