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Koizumi Yakumo Kyukyo (Lafcadio Hearn Residence)

Koizumi Yakumo Kyukyo (Lafcadio Hearn Residence) Review

The celebrated writer's house has remained unchanged since he left Matsue in 1891. Born of an Irish father and a Greek mother, Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) spent his early years in Europe and moved to the United States to become a journalist. In 1890 he traveled to Yokohama, Japan, and made his way to Matsue, where he began teaching. There he met and married a samurai's daughter named Setsu Koizumi. He later took posts in Kumamoto, Kobe, and Tokyo. Disdainful of the materialism of the West, he was destined to be a lifelong Japanophile and resident. He became a Japanese citizen, taking the name Yakumo Koizumi. His most famous works were Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894) and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904). The house's simple elegance makes it worth a quick stop even for those unfamilliar with Hearn.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 315 Kitahori-cho, Matsue, 690-0872
  • Phone: 0852/23–0714
  • Cost: ¥350
  • Hours: Mar.–Nov., daily 9–5; Dec.–Feb., daily 10–4:40
  • Location: Matsue
Updated: 09-20-2013

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