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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
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In his wonderfully informative and lengthy introduction Paul Murray states that “Kwaidan” translates as kwzidan Japanese ghost stories” p. Hearn was born in Greece in and spent his childhood in Dublin, while in America he was a crime reporter in Cincinnati where kwaidqn remained until when he moved to New Orleans, moving to Japan in I want to thank Brian Showers for providing such an great piece of artful book making.
This book was published with the support of the Japan Foundation. This is copy 83 of copies published, and arrived with a pamphlet of the Lafcadio Hearn gathering In Ireland. In my country people say that fear has big eyes but in that case we can equally say that it has slanting ones as well.
Kwaidan then is an interesting collection of Japan weird stories illustrated with drawings of ghosts, demons and other unusual creatures typical of Japan folklore and myth. Written by Lafcadio Hearn, Japanese by choice and avocation, in times when eyes of the Japanese people were turned mainly to the West and the inhabitants of the land of the rising sun seemed to feel only co In my country people say that fear has big eyes but in that case we can equally say that it has slanting ones as well.
Written by Lafcadio Hearn, Japanese by choice and avocation, in times when eyes of the Japanese people were turned mainly to the West and the inhabitants of the land of the rising sun seemed to feel only contempt to own folk cultural heritage.
For lovers of Japan culture and spine – chillers it is required reading.
Stories are thrilling, hideous, sometimes touching but most of all highly atmospheric – just in time for a long autumn evening. View all 15 comments.
Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn
In Japanese folklore, there is the belief that a disquieted spirit, one who has died 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 taken such hostile feelings to the grave, will be unable to rest in peace, and therefore will re-emerge by supernatural means fueled with vengefulness.
Kwaidan or In Japanese folklore, there is the belief that a disquieted spirit, one who has died 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 taken such hostile feelings to the grave, will be unable to rest in peace, and therefore will re-emerge by supernatural means fueled with vengefulness.
Kwaidan or ‘weird tales’, is a collection of 20 gothic Japanese sketches written by Greek- born, Japanese emigrant Lafcadio Hearn.
He created these stories from a mixture of Chinese and Japanese folklore retold over generations through both oral and literary traditions.
Kwaidan, published in the same year of Hearn’s deathis set in Japan’s Edo period which Hearn renders expertly with vividness and authenticity.
Some of the tales are perhaps stranger and mysterious to the western reader than gruesome in content, as in the short sketch Jikininki – Man-eating Goblin: A priest died having lived a selfish life with an kwaidn for material things, is reincarnated with an insatiable hunger for the morbid.
His digressions in this infernal form is less than jearn, but one only hopes he says ‘grace’ before digging in. Most of the stories tell of ghostly apparitions or reincarnations, of lwaidan beings who have taken human form. The following are just two examples of longer pieces in Kwaidan, superbly adapted to film by Masaki Kobayashi in His singing so moves his supernatural audience that he is commanded daily to perform. Yuki-Onna – ‘The Snow-Woman’ is a haunting fantasy, beautifully told: Hearn’s best known and most memorable story.
While Mosaku sleeps, Minokichi is awakened to the vision of a woman in white blowing the frosty breath of death on Mosaku, then moves her gaze to the frightened Minokichi. Yuki-Onna, in a moment of benevolence, spares his life but instructs him never to repeat what he has lacadio witnessed or she will kill him.
Many years later this threat comes back to haunt Minokichi in an eerie, heaen twist. As a fan of Japanese goth, I heartily recommend Kwaidan – a quick, satisfying sampling both in written or movie version, to add spookiness to the season.
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Jan 25, Owlseyes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lafcadio acknowledges that many of the stories may have a Chinese origin. Mind you, Lafcadio was a lecturer of English literature in the Imperial university of Tokyo and a honorary member of the Japan society in London; and he lamented not reading Chinese. My sensibility guided me especially to the last chapte “Buddhism finds in a dewdrop the symbol of that other microcosm which has been called the soul His reflections on those animals in parallel with the Buddhist beliefs will astound anyone.
The butterfly when chased it never has the air of being in a hurry]. An insect which deserves all respect, amazement, reverence…because of the Buddhist belief: As for mosquitoes, though bored at their number in the nearby Buddhist cemetery, they too deserve respect; any of them may become an incarnation of those dead.
Though a resident in the Japanese territory for 14 years, Lafcadio had a lot to learn from Japan,…. I have started posting reviews again, at the request of my friends.
If you like them, please take time to visit my blog also, where I talk about other things in addition to book reviews. I first encountered Lafcadio Hearn in an Anthology of American stories, in a weird little story: The Boy Who Drew Cats. It was a creepy Japanese fairy tale about a boy whose artistic productions which were solely of a feline persuasion came to life and did away with a goblin rat. As a short story, it did not I have started posting reviews again, at the request of my friends.
As a short story, it did not possess much of a literary quality IMOso it was filed away somewhere in the back of my mind as a curious little oddity and forgotten.
In the meantime, my interest in myths, legends and fairy tales had become something of a passion. Moreover, I still carried my adolescent love of horror stories and had relatively recently been introduced to Japanese horror, more subtle and frightening than the American variety. So this book was something of a godsend. Lafcadio Hearn was something of an outsider in the West: As with maverick Westerners in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he found refuge in the mystic East; in this case Japan.
It is the great fortune of all of us that Hearn decided to translate these creepy gems which might have remained confined to Japan for the rest of the world. Being from a country full of wood-spirits and water-sprites myself, I could relate. There are also a couple based on the Japanese belief now made famous by The Grudge that a person who dies in great anger leaves behind an angry ghost.
In the second part, Hearn tries to compile legends, myths and beliefs about butterflies, ants and mosquitoes.
These make mildly interesting reading, but lacks depth. A fast read, and a worthwhile one for readers who are interested in the beings which inhabit the primordial depths of our psyche. Sep 23, Murat S. Jun 25, Miriam marked it as to-read Shelves: I came across a manga based on Yuki Onna the Snow Woman that reminded me that I meant to read this, someday.
View all 6 comments. This book is divided into 2 sections, the longer one called “Kwaidan,” which means ‘weird tales’ there are 17 of them and a shorter section called “Insect-Studies,” which is comprised of 3 different essays about butterflies, mosquitoes and ants. All the writings are from a Japanese perspective, though Hearn points out where the tradition is even older and likely comes from an earlier Chinese telling.
In the “Kwaidan” section I was reminded of other folklorists who’ve done the same kind of ‘arc This book is divided into 2 sections, the longer one called “Kwaidan,” which means ‘weird tales’ there are 17 of them and a shorter section called “Insect-Studies,” which is comprised of 3 different essays about butterflies, mosquitoes and ants. In the “Kwaidan” section I was reminded of other folklorists who’ve done the same kind of ‘archiving’ for other communities.
The details in the stories may be very different from other traditions, but many times the fears embodied in the stories seem the same, giving them a universal feel. Certain stories even helped explain the modern-day Japanese horror stories and movies in which the spirit cannot rest because of a grudge it held at the time of its earthly death.
I previously knew how much at peace Hearn felt in Japan, knowing that here is where he found his true home, becoming a citizen and marrying a local woman.
The well-written essays with his philosophical musings show how much he had embodied the essence of Japan. View all 18 comments. Dec 06, Zak rated it liked it Shelves: Not what I expected. This collection came across more like the author telling me Lacadio weird tales than actual storytelling. As a result, it was really hard for me to get into any of them, save for the title story.
View all 5 comments. A much more in-depth look at this book can be found here at my online reading journal ; otherwise, here’s a brief look. I’m late to the Lafcadio Hearn party, having only read two stories in this collection before picking up this book — “The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi” and “Yuki-Onna,” which have long been personal favorites.