Illustration done by =jcbarquet. I've currently commissioned him to give some rough environmental sketches of the different far off regions in my 'Expanded' universe for My Little Pony/Equestria.
Neighpon (ponified version of the word for Japan) lies to the east of the Orient and the Dao-Empress' controlled region. The pristine and more natural looking world of Neighpon is largely kept intact due in part to the primary inhabitants of this land: the Kirin.
The Kirin are a race of half dragon, half pony race that view themselves as a very traditional people. With only 1 or 2 major 'towns', most of the lands of Neighpon are dotted by tranquil shrines and temples for weary travelers to take shelther in for those who wish to make the pilgrimage to the Temple of the Water Dragon.
The Temple of the Water Dragon is the source of all water in Neighpon - with some sources from the Kirin stating that perhaps the entire world's water supply originates from here, but that is to be confirmed.