My first inclination is to say Japan, but part of that is because I was there last spring, helping with animal rescue after the earthquake. I can't read the kanji(sp?) to tell if it's Japanese or Chinese, but this could be many places in SE Asia, Still, I'm going to guess Japan. Maybe Kyoto? If you are in Japan, please check out Japan Cat Rescue in Shiga (near Kyoto) and Inawashsiro (near Fukashima) They're STILL rescuing animals left behind in the Fukashima area. They need all the help they can get; even fish people!
Actually these photos were taken in Shanghai, China. I know it is hard to tell, because there are many similarities in both building architecture and writing characters in some eastern Asian countries.