In Ghostly Japan (Google eBook)

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Cosimo, Inc., Mar 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 252 pages
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Part stories of spirits and part intellectual reflections on the spiritual, In Ghostly Japan is a phantasmagoric wander through a foreign landscape. Here can be found a mountain of skulls, beautiful specters called forth in love, and a gruesome rivalry. Interspersed between these ghostly tales are philosophical contemplations on Buddhism, poetry, and existence, by the author, a Westerner who found his true home in the heart of Japan. Bohemian and writer PATRICK LAFCADIO HEARN (1850-1904) was born in Greece, raised in Ireland, and worked as newspaper reporter in the United States before decamping to Japan. He also wrote The Romance of the Milky Way (1899), and Kwaidon (1904).
  

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User Review  - Rufus - Goodreads

In Ghostly Japan is Lafcadio Hearn's wonderfully-written long essay on various interesting subjects in Japan. He talks of supernatural and ghost stories, Buddhist proverbs, there's an interesting ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lynn - Goodreads

This short book discusses some stories of death and loss, but also incense ceremonies, haiku, Buddhist culture in Japan and other cultural aspects. Good to know but not light reading. Read full review

Contents

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Page 7 - But know, my son, that all of them ARE YOUR OWN! Each has at some time been the nest of your dreams and delusions and desires. Not even one of them is the skull of any other being. All, — all without exception, — have been yours, in the billions of your former lives.

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Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was one of the first great interpreters of things Japanese for Western readers. His keen intellect, poetic imagination, and clear style have ensured him a devoted readership, among both foreigners and Japanese, for almost a century.

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