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Fantômes du Japon

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La cinquantaine d'histoires recueillies par Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) d'après le folklore japonais révèlent un éventail thématique très ouvert, allant du conte de fées aux histoires d'ogres et de vampires... Mais l'imaginaire japonais ne force pas seulement les portes de la mort, il entrouvre aussi celles de la réincarnation, thème ignoré du folklore occidental, où s'affi ...more
396 pages
Published 2007 by Alphee (first published 1899)
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A fantastic book from the chief exporter of Japanese culture to the westerns world. A sketchbook of sorts, in the same vein of The Sketchbook by Washington Irving, full of short stories and well informed observations of a rural Japan that has now, unfortunately, mostly slipped into the clutches of urban development.

Hearn was obviously extremely enamoured by his chosen subject, and as such he has left us with some extremely vivid descriptions that help conjure beautiful, ethereal and often chill
This is an odd hodgepodge of essays and recollections by Hearn, a European who became a Japanese citizen in the late 19th century. Although there are one or two ghost stories, in the Western sense, the book focuses more on the occult and spiritual aspects of Japanese culture, including a collection of Buddhist proverbs. I had intended to read this while I was on vacation in Kyoto, but never had much time. It was a great way to "revisit" my trip a month or so later.
Pretty good. Not gonna write an elaborate review. Listened to the whole book on Libravox while doing manual tasks: The best chapters were the ones which were actual horror stories. Ingwa-Banashi, A Passional Karma, pt 1 and 2, and maybe one or 2 im forgetting. The Buddhist proverbs and bits of poetry were kind of nice too. A lot of this book is premised in Buddhist culture, as opposed to Shinto. I don't know how representative this is of archaic Japanese ...more
Alex Hurst
More a philosophical and spiritual musing on the supernatural stories of Japan than a collection of ghost stories, In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn is beautifully written and wonderfully thought-provoking.

The text leans heavily into the doctrines of Buddhism, but with a clear, Western interpretation and consideration. Despite not totally living up to its name (think more anecdotes, rather than actual ghost stories), In Ghostly Japan is still worth a read for its cultural relevance, as well as
This was the second collection of Lafcadio Hearn's writings that I've read, and I have to say that it's not as successful as Kwaidan.

Of course, this is probably due to the fact that Kwaidan's generally more skewed towards the storytelling side of things. In Ghostly Japan is more interested in analysing parts of the Japanese culture rather than attempting to convey some feelings of spookiness.

Spookiness isn't really in this collection of stories - like Kwaidan, it focuses more on the mysterious
In Ghostly Japan is Lafcadio Hearn's wonderfully-written long essay on various interesting subjects in Japan. He talks of supernatural and ghost stories, Buddhist proverbs, there's an interesting meditation on spirituality brought upon by the howling of his dog (I particularly liked this one because of its humor), the curious history and activities surrounding incense, on the science of divination, among other subjects. This is a must-read for any serious cultural understanding of Japan. Treat i ...more

“…because he offered the West some of its first descriptions of pre-industrial and Meiji Era Japan, his work has historical value.”--

“Like monkeys trying to snatch the moon’s reflection on water.”—Loc 1030/1562

Because he was one of the first Europeans to offer insights into the mysteries of Japan, I was curious, prompted, and anxious to read something by Lafeadio Hearn. His exposition, IN GHOSTLY JAPAN, is clearly written, but less
Daniel Silveyra
As opposed to Hearn's other book on Japan, this is a more amusing read. It is a brief but endearing collection of scenes, folk tales and customs of 19th century Japan and its tradition.

You can just feel the author choking up as he writes the more moving parts of the book, and it gets pretty contagious when you travel through this wonderful country.

As the Japanese are still very much Japanese, you can get some sense of continuity (even though they are obviously a hyper-modern civilization). It is
This is a book of essays about ghost tradition in Japan. It discusses not only different ghosts in literature but also the accoutrements associated with ghosts in Japan and the historical beliefs. There is a cool essay called INCENSE which talks about what Japanese beliefs are about calling spirits with incense, and there is a story about a man who climbs a mountain of skulls. Sweet!
This small book reads like a collection of traveler's notes. He dives into a mystic culture which has woven the supernatural into its system of beliefs. The collection of poetry and proverbs in the middle of the book make for most interesting reading. How Japanese capture profound longing and beauty in 13 words always impresses me deeply.
Larry Tysome
I found it a bit difficult to appreciate in the Kindle version because this is like a scrap book, or 19thC Pinterest, for Japanese and Buddhist culture and beliefs. The facility to flick back and forth to re-locate stuff, including all the useful notes and explanations, would have improved greatly what I got from this. I cannot remember what originally led me to this book or author (I think it has been on my Kindle for some time) but its time came! This is an uncommonly interesting book from an ...more
Note: I read a 1906 hardback edition of the book, which does not show up in Goodreads.

Compared to Lafcadio Hearn's better-known Kwaidan, In Ghostly Japan appears notably unfocused. While Kwaidan focuses chiefly on tales of the supernatural, In Ghostly Japan contains far more non-fiction content than the later book. In addition to the sort of ghost stories one would expect after reading Kwaidan, the book contains Hearn's musings on Buddhism, Japanese poetry, fortunetelling, dogs, silk production,
This short book discusses some stories of death and loss, but also incense ceremonies, haiku, Buddhist culture in Japan and other cultural aspects. Good to know but not light reading. ...more
Wonderful, and wonderfully read by the good folk at librivox
Como ya adelanté cuando escribí sobre Última isla, Lafcadio Hearn pasó los últimos años de su vida en Japón. Allí se casó, tuvo cuatro hijos, se convirtió en Koizumi Yakumo y se dedicó a escribir sobre lo mucho que le estimulaba el archipiélago japonés.

En el Japón espectral es una recopilación de historias, anécdotas y fragmentos relacionados con los muchos significados que tiene la palabra fantasma: la imagen de una persona muerta que se aparece a los vivos, la impresión en la mente de una fant
Mai Kimura
5/12 30min, 5/13 35min
Japanese, Old, Story, Ghost, Blind, Music, Ears

Q. Have you ever experienced or seen ghosts?

A. Yes. When I was a university freshman, I experienced kanashibari.
Suddenly, my body could not move and I felt something heavy on my body. It was a very scary experience!!

When I was reading this book, I felt a little scared. However, I couldn't help read the rest of the story!

5/18 30min, 5/19 45min
Mysterious, Dream, Ant, Tree,
Gerald Kinro
Much like Kwaidan, but Hearn goes a step further and includes non-fiction items in this work. It gives the reader a sense of how the religion and the paranormal affected each other and how both became an important part of Japanese daily life. Very good read.
Geistergeschichten sind nicht unbedingt meines und gruselig sind die japanischen auf jeden Fall. Aber auch interessant. Die Übersetzung ins Deutsche fand ich teilweise ein wenig schwerfällig, aber das passt ganz gut zu den (alten) Geschichten.
Stewart Tame
A true miscellany. This is a collection of short pieces, some of them folktales, from Japan. There really doesn't seem to be much connection between them other than the translator. Hearn apparently had wide-ranging interests, and a ghost story may be followed by a discussion of Buddhism or haiku or a treatise on games played with incense or just about anything. This book is, perhaps, best dipped into rather than read straight through. Parts of it are fascinating, but as a whole it's a bit bewild ...more
คลาสสิคดีนะ เรืองผีญีปุนทีชาวอังกฤษเขียน แปลเปนภาษาญีปุน และภาษาไทย โดย สนพ ผีเสือ ...more
Dominique Lamssies
A must for any Japanophile.
I'm re-reading all these Lafcadio Hearn collections after about a 10-year interval. Like all the collections leading up to the classic Kwaidan, it's a mixed bag - in terms of subject matter, format and quality. The best pieces here are the three or four supernatural tales, two of which would sit very comfortably within that later, great, work.
One of my favorite authors -- an essayist of things Japanese when it was a strange and exotic land. Not a travelogue but a series of sketches on subjects that catch the author's interest -- incense, proverbs, howling dogs, ghost stories, etc. Great to read when you want something that serves no purpose.
•Introduzione di Hugo von Hofmannsthal
•Un karma passionale
•Storia di un Tengu
•Una storia di divinazione
•La riconciliazione
•La fanciulla del paravento
Alexander Páez
Lectura de relax para una tarde lluviosa. Aunque ya conocía la obra de este autor y este libro, ha sido grato releerlo y recordar datos interesantes. Una obra que hay que leer si a uno le interesa la mitología japonesa.
Greentchou Novoa
Lo tengo en español y es una excelente obra, desde las ilustraciones hasta las historias y leyendas. Desde la primera historia me atrapo y las demás son entretenidas. Recomendable como primera opción del autor.
Best bits are "Fragment" (Buddhist story of a mountain of skulls), "A Passional Karma" (Hearn's rendering of the Botan-Doro [Peony Lantern] story), and Hearn's visceral observations of the sea in "At Yaidzu."
Bernardo Arcos Álvarez
One of the best books I've ever read, a neat style and beautiful narrations. Hearn made a masterpiece full of beautiful japanese traditions and give us a little notion of their religious and social life.
Most of these weren't ghost stories or even all that creepy. It was nice to hear the Peony Lantern retold though. I remember that story from Reichert's ghost class.
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Lafcadio Hearn [aka Koizumi Yakumo] was born in Lefkas, Greece. He was a son of an army doctor Charles Hearn from Ireland and a Greek woman Rosa Cassimati. After making remarkable works in America as a journalist, he went to Japan in 1890 as a journey report writer of a magazine. But as soon as he arrived in Yokohama, he quit the job because of a dissatisfaction with the contract. After that, he m ...more
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