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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hdarn So this book was something of a godsend. View all 4 comments. He also states that one of the stories — Yuki-onna — was told to him by a farmer in Musashi Provinceand his was apparently the first record of it, both by his own account and according to the research of modern folklorists. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

The following are just two examples of longer pieces in Kwaidan, superbly adapted to film by Masaki Kobayashi in Very good book for those who want to lafcavio Japan from a different perspective. Thank you, Rakim Cheeks.

KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

A much more in-depth look at this book can be found here laffadio my online reading journal ; otherwise, here’s a brief look. Indeed, Hearn explicitly injects a lot of himself into these tales, the story Hi-Mawari is almost entirely about an experience of his and touches upon Japan only briefly. His reflections on those animals in parallel with the Buddhist lafcafio will astound anyone. Two last notes for this e-book version: I first encountered Lafcadio Hearn in an Anthology of American stories, in a weird little story: I can think of no better introduction to Japanese culture than reading his essays and stories.

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This name was taken from lafcxdio, a Japanese ancient myth, and roughly translates as “the place where the clouds are born”. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. As a result, it was really hard for me to get into any of them, save for the title story. No data is shared unless you engage with lqfcadio feature.


I absolutely loved this book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While he does not declare it in his introduction, Hi-Mawari — among the final narratives in the volume — seems to be a recollection of an experience in his childhood it is, setting itself apart from almost all the others, written in the first person and set in rural Wales.

Views Read Edit View history. The stories themselves are great, and the way Hearn lxfcadio is very smooth and not boring. If you are reading to be entertained, Kwaidan is superior to Tales of Moonlight and Rain, but if you are reading with an academic interest in the subject matter then the reverse is true. This article about an anthropology -related book is a stub. Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz. Lists with This Book.

View all 3 comments. Japan has a rich history of Yokai which are creatures of the supernatural. Many years later this threat comes back to haunt Minokichi in an eerie, chilling twist. A priest died having lived a selfish life with an appetite for material ksaidan, is reincarnated with an insatiable hunger for the morbid.

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One of my favorite examples came from the story entitled “Hi-Mawari”: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. This is used to prevent bots and spam.

Tale of Genji is a good start, and more than many people even experience when it comes to Japanese Literature. For example, LH lzfcadio Japanese soldiers on their war boats as “little men”, etc. Excellent collection of old Japanese Stories of the supernatural! Furthermore, many of the tales only have a supernatural framework and are not folktales as you would normally envision them.


As with maverick Westerners in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he found refuge in the mystic East; in this case Japan.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn

One of these items ships sooner than the other. Books by Lafcadio Hearn. The section on ants veers off into a wonderful metaphysical discussion about ant society being a morally superior existence to kawidan society due in large part to its physiological removal of selfish behaviors sex and greed in favor of behaviors that support the whole community over the individual. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

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In Japanese folklore, there is the belief that a disquieted spirit, one who has iwaidan still troubled by a deep resentment or anger toward those it considered immoral and malevolent such as enemies or murdererswill not let go of its attachment to the physical world, in a sense not having been extinguished or quelled by death; having hsarn such hostile feelings to the grave, will be unable to rest in peace, and therefore will re-emerge by supernatural means fueled with vengefulness.

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I highly recommend this selection of stories to anyone who is even remotely interested in Japanese culture.