Well, I'm assuming that they are dragons. They could be nagas. But this is the eaves of the roofs of Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou, China, so I'm going to go with (albeit skinny, serpentine style) dragons.
The last item on my do list to get ready for my trip to Japan, was to buy shoes that I could easily slip on and off my feet. In Japan, you are required to remove your shoes when entering somebody's home, a temple, or a tea house. I really thought that all I needed was the shoes.