In Ghostly Japan

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Little, Brown and Company, 1899 - Buddhism - 241 pages
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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

Pretty good. Not gonna write an elaborate review. Listened to the whole book on Libravox while doing manual tasks: The best chapters were the ones which were ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gerald Kinro - Goodreads

Much like Kwaidan, but Hearn goes a step further and includes non-fiction items in this work. It gives the reader a sense of how the religion and the paranormal affected each other and how both became an important part of Japanese daily life. Very good read. Read full review

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Page 175 - ALL that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
Page 240 - ... memories. There are tones that call up all ghosts of youth and joy and tenderness; — there are tones that evoke all phantom pain of perished passion; — there are tones that resurrect all dead sensations of majesty and might and glory — all expired exultations — all forgotten magnanimities. Well may the influence of music seem inexplicable to the man who idly dreams that his life began less than a hundred years ago! But the mystery lightens for whomsoever learns that the substance of Self...
Page 149 - Poetry in Japan is universal as the air. It is felt by everybody. It is read by everybody. It is composed by almost everybody — irrespective of class and * Kugane (gold) or, popularly, kogane. Kugane is the pronunciation of the days of the poet who lived twelve centuries ago. condition.
Page 190 - Under whatever disguise it takes refuge, whether fungus or oak, worm or man, the living protoplasm not only ultimately dies and is resolved into its mineral and lifeless constituents, but is always dying, and, strange as the paradox may sound, could not live unless it died.
Page 159 - AFTER LONG ABSENCE The garden that once I loved, and even the hedge of the garden — All is changed and strange: the moonlight only is faithful, — The moon alone remembers the charm of the time gone by!
Page 239 - Great music is a psychical storm, agitating to fathomless depths the mystery of the past within us. Or we might say that it is a prodigious incantation. There are tones that call up all ghosts of youth and joy and tenderness ; there are tones that evoke all phantom pain of perished passion ; there are tones that resurrect all dead sensations of majesty and might and glory, — all expired exultations, — all forgotten magnanimities.
Page 150 - In houses of the better class there are usually a number of gaku, or suspended tablets to be seen — each bearing, for all design, a beautifully written verse. But poems can be found upon almost any kind of domestic utensil — for example upon braziers, iron kettles, vases, wooden trays, lacquer ware, porcelains, chopsticks of the finer sort — even toothpicks! Poems are painted upon shop-signs, panels, screens, and fans. Poems are printed upon towels, draperies, curtains, kerchiefs, silk-linings,...
Page 153 - The old ethical teaching was somewhat like this : — " Are you very angry ? — do not say anything unkind, but compose a poem. Is your best-beloved dead ? — do not yield to useless grief, but try to calm your mind by making a poem. Are you troubled because you are about to die, leaving so many things unfinished ? — be brave, and write a poem on death!
Page 212 - Ox 1 — they would clutch and compress and torture. Only at the Hour of the Tiger the pain would cease. Yukiko cut off her hair, and became a mendicantnun — taking the religious name of Dassetsu. She had an ihai (mortuary tablet) made, bearing the...
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