Police are investigating the possible involvement of Chinese women being sought in connection with vandalism at Meiji Shrine in defacing Sensoji temple after stains were found there on April 15.

The suspects, Piao Jinyu, 49, and Piao Shanai, 49, were captured in surveillance camera footage at the famed temple in Tokyo's Asakusa district on the afternoon of April 3, according to Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department.

Sensoji temple staff discovered the stains, which were apparently caused by oils, on a small shrine dedicated to a goddess of music on April 15, according to the MPD's Asakusa Station.

The stains were found at more than 10 locations.

Arrest warrants for the pair were obtained on April 13 in connection with vandalism at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward. They were seen in the act of splashing liquids on torii gates and other structures of the shrine.

The women left for Shanghai from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport early on April 4 after arriving in Naha Airport in Okinawa Prefecture from the Chinese city on March 27.