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Lafcadio Hearn’s Former Residence小泉八雲熊本旧居

Historical Monument

Koizumi Yakumo, also known as Lafcadio Hearn, was the famed author of tales based on Japanese legends such as Hoichi the Earless and The Snow Woman. The residence here was the first home he lived in in Japan when he came to Kumamoto as an English teacher for Daigo Junior and Senior High School (now Kumamoto University). It is said that Hearn penned Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan in this building. The residence was severely damaged in the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and currently only a portion of the home and garden are open to the public (as of January 2017).


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Review of Yakumo Koizumi Old House in Kumamoto

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2017/10/12 Love it
Koizumi's (aka Lafcadio Hearn) old house is only about a 10 minute walk from my house so I was eager to go see it. Luckily the house had just been fully reopened after it was damaged in last years...
Reviewed:2015/11/19 For Fans of Lafcadio Hearne
This is a small but well put together tribute "museum" to a man who introduced the world as well as the people of Japan to their rich folktale/folklore tradition. He travelled throughout the country...
Reviewed:2018/10/30 島根県にもありました
温かい熊本でどんな日を過ごしたんだろうと 思いました。

熊本と島根なんて 全然共通点もなさそうなのに 面白いですね。

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Monday(The day following if it falls on a public holiday), New Year's Holiday
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