Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things [Lafcadio Hearn] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A miscellany of ghost stories, odd tales. Deriving its title from the word for “ghost story” in Japanese Kwaidan is a book by scholar and translator Lafcadio Hearn in which are compiled an array of ghost. Known primarily as an early interpreter of Japanese culture and customs, the famous writer Lafcadio Hearn also wrote ghost stories—”delicate.

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It was a pure coincidence that I found this book in the mostly forgotten Japanese shelf of the bookstore, but I’m happy I bought it. It is amazing how they almost don’t repeat thematics but are so many aspects in the supernatural in this chronicle of Japanese traditions.

This name was taken from “Kojiki”, a Japanese ancient myth, and roughly translates as “the place where the clouds are born”. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the work.

The butterfly when chased it never has the air of being in a hurry].

He quit the Imperial University in and began to teach at Waseda University on the year next. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. For he was beloved by two spirit-maidens, celestial sisters, who every ten days came to visit him and to tell him stories about butterflies. Lafcadio Hearne wrote it when Japan had just decided to be a modern country, a change made in kwaiddan Japanese way, and in the care for explain the words is noticeable that he really loved to know that historic Japan kwaidab perhaps has survived in our days.


KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

In Shinto tradition everything has Kami or spirit in it, so anything can develop into supernatural beings of good, evil, or just a neutral spirit being. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. Show details Buy the selected items together This item: Nearly all of the stories contain ghosts or goblins or similarly frightening creatures, with several having roots in Chinese stories from the Asian mainland.

It was a creepy Japanese fairy tale about a kwaian whose artistic productions which were solely of a feline persuasion came to life and did away with a goblin rat. For example, LH jearn Japanese soldiers on their war boats as “little men”, etc.


Lafcadio’s a lot of fun, and his writing is clean and folky and ethereal, definitely a qualified style for retelling ancient fantasy tales. In his wonderfully informative and lengthy introduction Paul Murray states that “Kwaidan” translates as “Old Japanese ghost stories” p.

May 24, Paul rated it it was amazing. Nov 24, Pelin rated it really liked it Shelves: But after only a half year he died of angina pectoris. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

I’m late to the Lafcadio Hearn party, having only read two stories in this collection before picking up this book — “The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi” and “Yuki-Onna,” which have long been personal favorites. I realize that not everyone is going to admire these stories like I do, but I love all things Japanese and lagcadio collection was simply superb. Echo Library November 1, Language: This is used to prevent bots and spam. Stories and Studies of Strange Things. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

The stories are short but their length doesn’t affect kwaidab potency; by virtue of being stories that have been handed down over several centuries, the reader also gets a look at ancient Japan from different angles, from the world of the samurai on down to that of the lowliest peasant. Open Preview See a Problem? Originally compiled by Lafcadio Hearn in kwwaidan, Kwaidan represents an effort to publish traditional Japanese tales and folklore to a Western audience largely unfamiliar with any Asian literature.


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This is feature allows you to search the site. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lafcadio Hearn gained Japanese citizenship and wrote many books about Japan for Western readers.

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The air — the delicious air! This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. Sep 02, Kwaixan rated it liked it. Refresh and try again. My sensibility guided me especially to the last chapte “Buddhism finds in a dewdrop the symbol of heagn other microcosm which has been called the soul The famous film of the same name by Masaki Kobayashi actually uses stories from three different Lafcadio Hearn works, two of which are from Kwaidan: Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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