Sovereignty of the two southernmost islands in the rugged but serene Kuril archipelago is disputed by Russia and Japan, the latter of which refers to the islands as the Northern Territories.
Although it's a touchy subject among some folks there, the majority of people seem only vaguely aware of the issue. So let's just sip our tea and enjoy the photographs instead.
Dispute? What dispute? You'd never know it from peaceful scenery like this.