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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I found this western influence disappointing, as I picked up this collection seeking faithful renditions of supernatural Japanese folktales, and this disappointment led to me reading Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda Akinari in tandem with Kwaidan.

View all 4 comments. Of course, nowadays ants are thought of as creepy, mindless stimulus-response machines monomaniacally devoted to kwaican and The Hive. A priest died having lived a selfish life with an appetite for material things, is reincarnated with an insatiable hunger for the morbid.

Now there are marvelous Chinese stories about butterflies — ghostly stories; and I want to know them. The tales of Kwaidan may have a different location from traditional Western fairy kwaiean, but they have the same heart.

An international traveler and writer, his works on Japanese ghost stories not only captures the reader, but captures the idiolect inherent in Japanese stories Other stories trade more on a building sense of dread. I want to thank Brian Showers for providing such an great piece of artful book making.

This book lafcadil published with the support of the Japan Foundation. The stories are short but their lxfcadio doesn’t affect their potency; by virtue of being stories that have been handed down over several centuries, the reader also gets a look at ancient Japan from different angles, from the world of the samurai on down to that of the lowliest peasant.

He became a Japanese citizen, married a Japanese wife, and raised a family in Tokyo. Kwaidan is therefore a superior collection in terms of actually telling these strange tales, Hearn having focused more on being a good storyteller than on precisely translating preexisting texts.

Stories are thrilling, hideous, sometimes touching but most of all highly atmospheric – just in time for a long autumn evening. And each is treated so differently to really bring out the “strange” part of the book’s title. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. In other tales Hearn discusses the circumstance in which he hears the story, or mentions the current state of Japan with which he is familiar.


His works was read by so many people as an introduction of Japan. The stories do not frequently moralize or have a lesson: Indeed, Hearn explicitly injects a lot of himself into these tales, the story Hi-Mawari is almost entirely about an experience of his and touches upon Japan only briefly. The air — the delicious air! Lafcadio’s a lot of fun, and his writing is clean and folky and ethereal, definitely a qualified style for retelling ancient fantasy tales.

As a fan of Japanese goth, I heartily recommend Kwaidan – a quick, satisfying sampling both in written or movie version, to add spookiness to the season. View all 3 comments. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. I absolutely loved this book and I can’t recommend it highly enough. We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.

While Mosaku sleeps, Minokichi is awakened to the vision of a woman in white blowing the frosty breath of death on Mosaku, then moves her gaze to the frightened Minokichi. This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. Kwaidan will be a great travel guide to Japan once Cthulhu rises from the ocean and a universe of muting horrors is poured upon the world.

Jun 25, Miriam marked lafcavio as to-read Shelves: Dec 26, Meghan Fidler kwadan it really liked it Shelves: His singing so moves his supernatural audience that he is commanded daily to perform. Not to mention how much of an ant’s thought process has been laid bare by biology in the past hundred years – and it is creepy from our standpoint.

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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn

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.


Riki-Baka is based on a personal experience of Hearn’s. It is not made of air at all, but of ghost, – the substance of quintillions of quintillions of generations of souls blended into one immense translucency, – souls of people who thought in ways never resembling our ways.

Lafcadio sees ants as the ultimate examples of altruistic society, millions of years past humanity in their moral evolution, since each one would rather benefit the whole than itself.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn

I hope you continue to read broadly and discover new literature. The chosen poems and texts along with the author’s observations and commentary gave me great insight as to the roles that insects played and insects are VERY prominent in Japan in ancient Japan.

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. Return to Book Page.

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This website uses cookies Kaidan a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. Not what I expected. Classic collection of Japanese ghost stories.

For he was beloved by two spirit-maidens, celestial sisters, who every ten days came to visit him and to tell him stories about butterflies.

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