The life of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (aka Koizumi Yakumo).

Japanese History and Culture

I had a day off today and it wasn’t raining so I decided to visit Lafcadio Hearn’s residence just down the road from where I live.  The address is 2-6 Anseimachi, Kumamoto.  It is right behind Tsuruya shopping center.

I had come across Hearn’s name before while researching some other Japanese history but never knew much about him except that he loved Japan and was a teacher.

So it took me about 10 minutes walk from my apartment to get to the house.  The house looks a bit out of place, but if you have a good imagination you can get a feel of the old Meiji/Taisho period.  The house is Hearn’s original house but it was not originally at this location.  It was relocated here in 1965.  This house’s original address was at 34 Tetori Honcho which is about 600 meters away and a bit closer to the Tsuboi…

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