This is actually a screen capture from a Japanese movie called The Machine Girl. The superstition isn’t anything quite as cool as having your face splashed by the blood of fallen enemies though. In fact, it’s not cool at all. It’s just disgusting.
When girls are going through that special time, when they have their first menstrual cycle, the things we hear about most often are tales of confusion and fear, especially in cases when they weren’t properly educated by their parents. In the Philippines, perhaps not so much anymore, but not so long ago, there was a superstition that if you took the blood from your first menstrual cycle and washed your face with it, you would be spared the pain of acne during puberty.
How’s that for gross? I wonder if any guys ever asked a girl if she could spare some ‘virgin’ menstrual blood so he could chase away the acne as well?
My wife and I were in Downtown East tonight when we noticed this trail of blood leading past the entrance to Sakura. At first, I thought that perhaps some poor girl was having an unfortunate night, but then I realized it was way too much blood for that. The trail led to the door going out of the mall. In the other direction, it headed down the stairs into the lower level of the mall.
As I started taking pictures, three police officers walked by, following the blood trail out the door. I went the other way, following it further into the mall.
This is the handrail on the steps that go down from the entrance of Sakura into the mall. You can see blood splashed on the wall and on the metal railing.
This is the post on the wall by the ATMs, just past the Indian restaurant towards the sliding glass door where the long escalators are that go to the 2nd level of E-Hub.
These are pictures of the stairs that lead up to the 2nd floor of E-Hub, between the escalators.
At this point I ran into a guy that was wearing a mall uniform who was taking pictures of the blood trail. I asked him what had happened. He said there was an incident outside the mall. He also kept saying “8 plus” “8 plus”. I couldn’t quite understand him, but what I’m thinking is that 8 kids attacked a 9th kid, who fled into the mall for safety after sustaining heavy wounds. The photos only tell a bit of the story. There was a LOT of blood on the ground and walls the whole way along. I wonder, can this much blood come from a broken nose, or is it a knife wound?
These three photos are from the landing at the top of the escalators, where you enter the E-Hub mall.
This is inside, in the “alley” area where the walkway skirts the children’s playground.
This is right in front of the virtual reality arcade game that sits under the escalator that goes to the movie house and arcade on the third floor.
This was the last bit of blood we saw. I wonder if this was another incident of gang violence, like the gang fight masked as a lion dance reported in the news, or if it was “schoolyard” bullying taken to an extreme.