Genko-an Temple was originally constructed as a hermitage by the head priest of Daitoku-ji Temple, but was in time turned into a temple of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism. It contains some excellent statues of the historical Buddha and of Kannon Bodhisattva. It is also known for its "bloody ceiling," which was made using floorboards from the disassembled Fushimi Castle where soldiers loyal to Tokugawa Ieyasu(1543-1598), the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, were defeated and killed themselves. There are reportedly still bloodstained palm prints to be seen on the rafters. Buddhas or bloodshed? Enlightenment or confusion? Genko-an Temple seems to reconcile opposites and to stand as a question mark to all who come to visit.