Kwaidan has ratings and reviews. Karl said: In his wonderfully informative and lengthy introduction Paul Murray states that Kwaidan translate. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. 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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Lafcadio Hearn was something of an outsider in the West: He also states that one of the stories — Yuki-onna — was told to him by a farmer in Musashi Provinceand his was apparently the first record of it, both by his own account and according to the research of modern folklorists. Articles needing additional references from November All articles needing additional references Articles containing Japanese-language text Articles with Project Gutenberg links Articles with LibriVox links All stub articles.

Kwaidan represents a good entry point for anyone interested in Japanese folklore. In his wonderfully informative and lengthy introduction Paul Murray states that “Kwaidan” translates as “Old Japanese ghost stories” p.

Riki-Baka is based on a personal experience of Hearn’s. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. 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.

Lacadio the kaidan section is finished, the reader moves into Hearn’s “Insect Studies,” where he dwells on butterflies, mosquitoes and ants.

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There is, however, a tale that seems to be an inverted version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, with all the moral implications of that tale. Views Read Edit View history. I realize that not everyone is going to admire these stories like I do, but I love all things Japanese and this collection was simply superb.

A fast read, and a worthwhile one for readers who are interested hrarn the beings which inhabit the primordial depths of our psyche. As a short story, it did not I have started posting reviews again, at the request of my friends. This is copy 83 of copies published, and arrived with a pamphlet of the Lafcadio Hearn gathering In Ireland.


Sign in or sign up and post using kwaidann HubPages Network account. But as soon as he arrived in Yokohama, he quit the job because of a dissatisfaction with the contract.

Some of the stories were translations of old Japanese texts wheras, for others, this book was the first place they were ever written.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn

I highly recommend this selection of stories to anyone who is even remotely interested in Japanese culture. In the “Kwaidan” section I was reminded of other folklorists who’ve done the same kwaodan 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.

This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Though the setting and customs will be foreign to many Western readers, the fear and surprise of the stories are universal. Kwaidan the movie vs.

Other stories trade more on a building sense of dread. Refresh and try again. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. It probably has something to do with the Red Scare – T H White and Kurt Vonnegut both tried to write lzfcadio comparing ants to communism in the s. The air — the delicious air!

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to hearb. Ranging from out-and-out creepy ghost stories to monks roaming the countryside where various monsters, demons and other creatures seem to abide, there is never a bad note struck throughout the entire collection. This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. His stories are written in a kwadan straight-forward style, and his knowledge of Japanese culture and customs are such that if his name wasn’t on the cover you’d swear it was written by someone native to that country.

For those with an anthropological bent, like myself, the description of the term Nazoraeru in the story “Of a Mirror and a Bell” is particularly intriguing, as it calls forth the same sympathetic magic principle behind the Trobriand Islander’s safeguards when loved ones are traveling on the ocean. This is a collection of traditional Japanese ghost stories, followed by three charming essays about butterflies, mosquitoes, and ants in Japanese culture. 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.


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KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

View all 4 comments. I didn’t know Japenesse Literature could be so interesting. 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 has a face as smooth hhearn an egg.

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We partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. These stories are quite unexpected, surely bizarre, but each of kwwidan somehow relates to our modern lives. The stories are generally well presented, though the convention of many is to have an opening paragraph that locates the setting to particular towns and provinces, which will be of no value to anyone lacking familiarity with the geography of Japan.

As with many ghost stories, several hean the accounts in Kwaidan contain a shocking turn or discovery. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature.

The merit of so offerieng the pebble becomes equal, or almost equal, to the merit of erecting a temple…” The book continues with delightful examples of poetry and lines, lzfcadio sentiment of Lafcadil oral storytelling is given credit. This supports the Maven widget and search functionality.

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.

This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. It was a creepy Japanese fairy tale harn a boy whose artistic productions which were solely of a feline persuasion came to life and did away with a goblin rat.