Lafcadio Hearn is the most significant early interpreter of Japan and Japanese culture for the West — a man who travelled to Japan when he was thirty-nine, and never left. Lafcadio Hearn's Japan presents Hearn's most famous stories and essays about his adopted land — recounting his love for its striking natural beauty and the rich character and customs of its people.
The 18 fascinating essays in this book include:
- 'In a Japanese Garden' — The classic description of the meditative calm and serenity Hearn experienced when visiting a traditional Zen garden just outside his back door
- 'Strangeness and Charm' — Expressing his deep love for the richness and beauty of traditional Japanese culture
- 'In the Cave of the Children's Ghosts' — An account of a journey to an isolated sea cave where the souls of dead children were said to congregate