| Nov 24, 2010

Death comes in many written forms

Poet Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) wrote about himself on the verge of death in his poem “Speaking with the Eyes.” Unable to talk due to blood gushing from his lungs, he tried to tell his attending doctor with his eyes that, despite the suffering, he ...

The return of Lafcadio Hearn

Sep 26, 2010

The return of Lafcadio Hearn

I came to Japan in ’90 — 1890, that was — died 14 years later, and here I am again after more than a century, exploring my old haunting ground just like in the good old days. I may be 160, but what’s the ...