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Please give a warm welcome to Lillian Csernica who shares her trip to Kyoto in Japan. There is much more to see and enjoy over on the original post and you will find more details about Lillian and her books at the end of the post.
Kiyomizudera, the Pure Water Temple
Yes indeed, between hospital stays I managed to run off to Kyoto, Japan for a week. Two of those days were spent in transit, but I did manage to do quite a bit in the five days I had to explore one of the most amazing cities on our planet. What made it even better was doing the exploring with my best friend, Patricia H. MacEwen.
It took one car, three planes, a bus, and a taxi to get us from my house to our hotel in Kyoto. I have many stories to tell about what happened to us in transit, both on the way to Kyoto and especially on the way home. I’m going to save those for a later post.
Day One: As we roamed the streets of Kyoto, in search of the nearest Citibank branch and the local post office, we were lucky enough to come across a few of the local Shinto shrines. Most of them were in honor of O-Jizo-sama, the god of children.
The first such shrine we found was on one of the major streets, tucked into a niche next to a big bank building. Most of the time we came across the shrines in what to us were side streets or back alleys.
It was quite impressive to see this shrine, complete with hand-washing station and the bell to ring. The shrine was spotless, well cared for, and clearly maintained with great respect and affection.
A map of the original Bukkoji temple complex
Pat discovered Bukko-ji Temple. This is one of the lesser known temples in Kyoto. The government is working to generate more interest in it, and I hope the project is successful. The temple complex is smaller than some, but even so it possesses that unearthly peace you find only in sacred places.
I have come to learn that my idea of Buddhist monks is based largely on Zen monks. There are at least five different Buddhist sects alive and well in Kyoto. Not all of them have monks in the sense that I recognize. This got more than a little confusing because some Buddhist men who work at the temples will wear a garment that looks like a black scholar’s gown. They also wear stoles which come in different colors. I asked about those, and if I understood the explanation correctly, the stoles indicate one’s home temple. (When we visited Higashi Honganji, there was an older gentleman in a three piece suit wearing a pale green stole of fine workmanship. The stole is what one wears when one visits a temple, much like as an Orthodox woman I cover my head and I do not wear pants when I go to church.)
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Lillian Csernicas Fright Factory is a must read for people who want to write horror or for those who already do but want to make it even better. Though this is not a very big book Lillian has filled each page with tips and ideas and still manages to make it an enjoyable and fascinating read. My favorite part is her refrences to books, stories, and even films to show you what she is saying unlike other writing books that create an example and you are just suppose to remember it when you write. I am not a writer but I do love reading horror so it was interesting to read because some of the things she brought up as things not to do are actually things I dislike about horror novels so I know how it is.
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About Lillian Csernica
At age five, Lillian Csernica discovered the Little Golden Books fairy tales. From there she moved on to the works of Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Tanith Lee, and Terry Pratchett. Her very first short story sale, “Fallen Idol,” appeared in After Hours and was later reprinted in The Year’s Best Horror Stories XXI. Lillian has gone on to publish over forty short stories in such markets as Fantastic Stories, Killing It Softly, and After the Happily Ever After. Her Christmas ghost story “The Family Spirit” appeared in Weird Tales #322 and “Maeve” appeared in #333.
Lillian’s two nonfiction ebooks, The Writer’s Spellbook: Creating Magic Systems for Fantasy and The Fright Factory: Building Better Horror, provide nuts and bolts instruction in the techniques of writing those genres.
Born in San Diego, Ms. Csernica is a genuine California native. She currently resides in the Santa Cruz mountains with her her husband, two sons, and three cats.
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