Temple of Amida, in Dan-No-Ura is a Japanese legend of haunting.  A blind resident of a temple, Hoichi, was visited each night by the ghost of a samurai who made him play the biwa in the cemetery.

The Priest of the temple soon found out and had the heart sutra painted on every part of Hoichi’s body, apart from the ears.

When the Samurai arrived he could not see the resident, only his ears, and so he took them. Hoichi was from then on known as Hoichi the Earless. It was part of the Kwaiden collection by Masaki Kobayashi.

And here is an extract of this wonderful piece of magic

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