Grave company at Zoshigaya Cemetery

Travel | BACKSTREET STORIES Oct 24, 2015

Grave company at Zoshigaya Cemetery

by Kit Nagamura

When persimmon leaves and the tips of maples take on color, and chilly air rattles windows, composer Yoshinao Nakada's haunting song "Chiisai Aki Mitsuketa" ("A Bit of Autumn Found") floats through my mind. Having just learned that the song's lyricist, talented poet Hachiro Sato ...

Lafcadio Hearn: 'Japanese Thru and Tru'

Lifestyle Sep 20, 2014

Lafcadio Hearn: 'Japanese Thru and Tru'

by Roger Pulvers

A small cage was opened at Lafcadio Hearn's funeral, setting birds into the air, the soul of the deceased presumably taking flight with them. His coffin was draped in chrysanthemums and fragrant olive, adorned by a laurel wreath. Seven Buddhist priests read the sutras ...

Glimpses of Lafcadio Hearn's Matsue

Travel Sep 20, 2014

Glimpses of Lafcadio Hearn's Matsue

by Stephen Mansfield

The Matsue-bound train I boarded at Okayama Station was pointedly named Yakumo, a reference to its destination's best-known former resident: Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), whose adopted Japanese name was Yakumo Koizumi. Although Hearn stayed in Matsue for only a year, he developed a great ...