Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (Vol. 1)
A Japanese magic-lantern show is essentially dramatic. It is a play of which the dialogue is uttered by invisible personages, the actors and the scenery being only luminous shadows. Wherefore it is peculiarly well suited to goblinries and weirdnessess of all kinds; and plays in which ghosts figure are the favourite subject. -from "Of Ghosts and Goblins"
In 1889, Westerner Lafcadio Hearn arrived in Japan on a journalistic assignment, and he fell so in love with the nation and its people that he never left. In 1894, just as Japan was truly opening to the West and global interest in Japanese culture was burgeoning, Hearn published this delightful series of essays glorifying what he called the "rare charm of Japanese life."
Beautifully written and a joy to read, Hearn's love letters to the land of the rising sun enchant with their sweetly lyrical descriptions of winter street fairs, puppet theaters, religious statuaries, even the Japanese smile and its particular allure.
A wonderful journal of immersion on a foreign land, this will bewitch Japanophiles and travelers to the East.
小泉八云（Lafcadio Hearn 1850~1904 ）：十九世纪末至二十世纪初的作家，精通英、法、希、拉丁、及西班牙、希伯来等语，翻译介绍之作较多，是在促进东西文化交流与相互了解上有突出贡献的人之一。于一八五零年出生于希腊爱奥尼亚群岛中之留开底奥岛（Leucadia），父为爱尔兰人，母为希腊人，幼时父母即告仳离，辗转在爱尔兰、英国、法国受教育。一八六九年赴美，仅靠作零工及为报纸写文章为生。一八九零年赴日，娶日妇，入日籍，改名小泉八云，初在一家女子学院任教，后至东京帝大，开英国文学讲座。一九零四年九月二十六日因为工作过度及受排挤，忧愤而死于东京寓中。