Hell Screen

I will never forget the look on Yoshihide’s face at that moment. He had started toward the carriage on impulse but halted when the flames flared up. He then stood there with arms outstretched, eyes devouring the smoke and flames that enveloped the carriage. In the firelight that bathed him from head to toe, I could see every feature of his ugly, wrinkled face.
from Ryunosuke Akutagawa “Hell Screen” (Translated by Jay Rubin)

Kyoto, Japan in June, 2008

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