The Blood stained Chi-tenjo ceiling at the Hosen-in Temple in Ohara (May 17, 2012)
Note the visible FOOTPRINTS in the center of the top photo. The bottom one is the temple’s resident monk explaining the gruesome details behind the spooky bloodstains to a group of elderly tourists. According to the temple’s pamphlet:
Around 1600 there was a battle at Fushimi castle in Kyoto. The samurai of Fushimi lost the fight. 370 samurai committed seppuku, the ritual suicide of samurai. These ceiling panels were originally the floorboards of Fushimi castle. You can still see the traces of those cruel events. There is evidence of the eyebrow, the eye, the nose and the mouth of a dying samurai. All these traces are from the blood of samurai warriors.