Hayashi has feared fire ever since fire took the lives of his
family and permanently disfigured his feet. A talented potter who
was raised by Buddhist monks, he is a part of the new Japanese
government, even though his heart isn't completely into it. He
keeps the now-illegal Buddhist shrine on his property open, even
though someone set fire to his teahouse, possibly as a warning.
Similarly, he can't make out what's going on in the mind of his
beautiful young wife, Ayoshi.
Ayoshi is dreamy, sometimes spending hours upon hours painting
things she rarely lets him see. She feels a great dist