Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

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Stone Bridge Press, Inc., Feb 20, 2007 - Fiction - 142 pages
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A miscellany of ghost stories, odd tales, and curious observations by a master storyteller who penetrated Japan more deeply than any other Westerner. Lafcadio Hearn captures the folk spirit and quaint “exoticism” of a land thought at the time to be both mysterious and sinister.

Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) gained Japanese citizenship and wrote many books about Japan for Western readers.

  

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User Review  - Whitney - Goodreads

Gave this three stars instead of two for the absolutely fantastic and out-of-place treatise on ants at the end of the book. It's a must-read just for that. Read full review

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User Review  - James Eckman - Goodreads

Still pretty good despite its age. Read full review

Contents

THE STORY OF MIMINASHIHÔÏCHI 3
3
OSHIDORI 15
15
THE STORY OF OTEI 19
19
UBAZAKURA 23
23
DIPLOMACY 25
25
OF A MIRROR AND A BELL 29
29
JIKININKI 35
35
MUJINA 41
41
THE STORY OF AOYAGI 67
67
JIUROKUZAKURA 79
79
THE DREAM OF AKINOSUKÉ 81
81
RIKIBAKA 89
89
HIMAWARI 93
93
HÔRAI 97
97
Insectstudies
101
BUTTERFLIES 103
103

ROKUROKUBI 45
45
A DEAD SECRET 57
57
YUKIONNA 61
61
MOSQUITOES 121
121
ANTS 125
125
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Hearn (1850-1904) was born in Levkas, Greece, as the son of Greek and British parents. In 1869 he went to the United States and did various work, finally as a journalist. In 1890 he came to Japan and taught English in Japanese schools, and became a Japanese citizen under the name of Koizumi Yakuma. He died in Tokyo.

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