by Lafcadio Hearn



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“The white woman bent down over him, lower and lower, until her face almost touched him; and he saw that she was very beautiful – though her eyes made him afraid.”

East meets West and the world is richer for it.

Lafcadio Hearn, child of an ill-fated romance between a British officer and a Greek aristocrat, writer, world traveler, perpetual outsider and observer. Living at the birth of the modern age (1850-1904) only Hearn could bring to the West these strange, enchanting, haunting tales from old Japan.

A lost world of spirits, ghosts, holy men and samurai is brought back to life in Lafcadio’s telling. Still considered essential tales in Japan today, this book was the basis for the classic Japanese movie of the same name.

Let Hearn guide you – for the first time or all over again – through the innermost nature of the Japanese soul.