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Samuel Hawley is a writer. His books are highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history, 19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in 1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.


During a trip to Kyoto in January 2007 I set aside a day to search out the grave of George Clayton Foulk. My starting point was Doshisha University, just north of the old Imperial Palace. It was here that George Foulk worked as a teacher following his departure from Korea, back when the school was known as Doshisha College.

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Here I am at Doshisha University on the morning of January 26, 2007. During my visit I met with Koeda Hirokazu of the Doshisha Archives Center and Dr. Motoi Yasuhiro, a professor in Doshisha's faculty of theology and the author of a booklet on the Doshisha Cemetery where Foulk is buried. Dr. Motoi and Mr. Koeda kindly provided me with information on Foulk's time at Doshisha and with directions to his grave in the Kyoto Nyakuoji Cemetery in the hills just east of the city. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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My wife Margaret and I made the little pilgrimage to Foulk's grave on foot. From Doshisha we walked east along Imadegawa-dori and across the Kamo River for about 2.5 km. to "Philosopher's Walk," a picturesque path heading south, a little stream right beside it, the eastern hills of Kyoto beyond. Here is Margaret taking a break along Philosopher's Walk. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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From the southern end of Philosopher's Walk it wasn't much farther to Nyakuoji Shrine. After some hunting about and asking for directions we located this path leading up the hillside behind Nyakuoji. That's me on the path. Don't laugh at my dorky clothing: in twenty-plus years of traveling I've never been robbed. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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After meandering up the hillside for twenty or so minutes--there was no one else up here; we were all alone--we came to Nyakuoji Cemetery, where Doshisha University has its own section. Here is a memorial stone for the foreign teachers at Doshisha who have died over the years. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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Another shot of the Doshisha foreign teachers' memorial stone. George Foulk's name is inscribed on the stone on the right at the top left. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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A close-up of Foulk's name on the same stone. He was in his thirty-seventh year when he died. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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Locating Foulk's actual grave was harder. Fortunately Dr. Motoi had provided me with a cemetery map. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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There is George Foulk's grave stone in the center of the shot, partially obscured by undergrowth that is now encroaching. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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Another shot of the stone. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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Still another shot of George Foulk's grave stone. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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A close-up of the stone. The name of Foulk's wife Kane, who died in 1936, is inscribed in kanji just below his. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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The back of Foulk's grave stone. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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A final view of the grave stone of George Clayton Foulk. (Samuel Hawley photo, 2007)

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