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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Yuki-Onna, in a moment of benevolence, spares his life but instructs him never to repeat what he has just witnessed or she kafcadio kill him. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. Lalla Rookh Top Contributor: You could write a fun essay on the change in the cultural perception of ants over the last century. I truly admire Lafcadio Hearn. Kwaidan is a collction of 20 short, strange tales, taken from old Japanese books – a ghostly woman dressed in white appears before a young woodcutter and makes him promise never to tell, a mysterious face shows up in a cup of tea, a girl with no features h I recently joined the group “Friends of Lafcadio Hearn” here on GR’s without knowing who he was.

None of the stories present enough narrative complexity to fluster readers generally unfamiliar with writing conventions from Asia.

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View all 3 comments. 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.

No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. 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.


Details In Ghostly Japan: No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. It was a pure coincidence that I found this book in the mostly forgotten Japanese shelf of the bookstore, but I’m happy I bought it.

Stories and Studies of Strange Things. They lend the reader a strong sense of the Eastern mind. This is a book everyone should have a copy of if they are interested in short stories, or Japan. Individually, lafcadip stories seem confusing, perhaps even without point, but take them as a whole and they begin to paint a picture.

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Yuki-Onna – ‘The Snow-Woman’ is a haunting fantasy, beautifully told: While you might be tempted to skip them, don’t. Javascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis. 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.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. 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.

Details Customers who viewed this item also viewed Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items. These and 17 other chilling supernatural tales — based on legends, myths, and beliefs of ancient Japan — represent the very best of Lafcadio Hearn’s literary style. We partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites.


KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

There are several species in my neighborhood; but only one of them is a serious torment, — a tiny needly thing, all silver-speckled and silver-streaked. Japan has a rich history of Yokai which are creatures of the supernatural. Thank you, Rakim Cheeks.

Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. His singing so moves his supernatural audience that he is commanded daily to perform. This atmosphere is not of our human period: Riki-Baka is based on a personal experience of Hearn’s. His reflections on those animals in parallel with the Buddhist beliefs will astound anyone. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: 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 kwaidaan its attachment to the physical world, in a sense lavcadio 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.