Man arrested on suspicion of defacing temple
NHK -- Nov 26
A man has been arrested on suspicion of defacing the Ryo-an-ji temple that has been listed a World Heritage site in Kyoto. The 44-year-old suspect allegedly scribbled graffiti using an oil-based ink pen.

The suspect says he is a company worker who lives in Yokohama. Police say the suspect could be guilty of property damage for vandalizing the temple gate wall Sunday afternoon.

"Ware Sei-ryu" and "Kansha Suzaku" were scribbled on the wall in three colors. A sightseer notified the authorities. Police arrested the suspect shortly afterwards.

The suspect has admitted to the allegations, and reportedly says he was bubbling over with the urge to create something, and had an inspiration, so he wrote it down immediately.

The temple authorities say the incident is extremely regrettable, and they hope nothing like this ever happens again.

京都市右京区の世界遺産「龍安寺」の山門の壁に油性ペンで落書きをしたとして、44歳の会社員の男が逮捕されました。  自称・横浜市の会社員、大西達也容疑者は24日午後3時40分ごろ、龍安寺の山門の内側にある白壁に「我青龍 感謝朱雀 待たせたな 白虎」と落書きをした疑いが持たれています。大西容疑者は調べに対して「将来は神話・SF作家になりたい」「きょうは創作意欲が湧いたので書いた」などと話し、容疑を認めているということです。
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