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Samuel Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction. His books are highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history, 19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in 1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

THE BLOOD CEILINGS OF KYOTO




blood ceiling kyoto yogen-in
One of the most accessible of Kyoto's blood ceilings is located at Yogen-in Temple, walking distance from Kyoto Station. When I visited the main hall was unfortunately closed for repairs, so the best I can offer is this exterior shot. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


kyoto blood ceiling genkoan
Genkoan Temple in northern Kyoto. It is easy to get to and offers one of the best blood ceilings around. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2002)


genkoan temple blood ceiling
Blood ceiling at Genkoan Temple. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2002)


genkoan temple blood ceiling
Blood ceiling at Genkoan Temple. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2002)


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A footprint on the Genkoan blood ceiling, one of the more identifiable stains that cover the boards. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2002)


shoden-ji temple kyoto
A bus ride into the northwestern suburbs of Kyoto followed by a hike into the hills takes you to Shoden-ji Temple. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


shoden-ji temple blood ceiling
Shoden-ji's blood ceiling is situated above a veranda overlooking a Zen garden. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


shoden-ji temple blood ceiling
The 400-year-old boards of Shoden-ji's blood ceiling are covered with dark stains. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


blood ceiling kyoto
A close-up of some of the boards in Shoden-ji's blood ceiling. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


kyoto blood ceiling
An hour north of Kyoto by bus, in the rural setting of Ohara, is Hosen-in Temple, site of yet another blood ceiling. A guide is avaiable to point out the more significant stains. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


ohara blood ceiling
Hosen-in's blood ceiling is set in an open-air hall overlooking a garden. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


hosen-ji temple blood ceiling
Hosen-in's blood ceiling. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


blood ceiling hosen-in
Detail of Hosen-in's blood ceiling. The boards here are a warm honey shade, the stains more subtle than those at Genkoan. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


hosen-ji blood ceiling japan
Japanese visitors to Hosen-in usually sit in quiet complemplation of the garden, sipping the green tea that comes with the price of admission. Foreigners may prefer to bolt their tea and spend their time writhing about on their backs, taking photos. I did, anyway. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


japan blood ceiling hosen-ji
The garden view from Hosen-in Temple's main hall. The sprawling pine tree on the left is 700 years old. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)


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