The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum is dedicated to the British explorer who came to Japan in the 1800s. The museum opened in 1934, 30 years after Hearn's death, and renovated and expanded in 2016. Hearn was naturalized as a Japanese citizen after becoming Koizumi Setsu in 1896 , the daughter of a Matsue samurai.
During the fifty-four years of his life he created thirty works, including the well-known “Kwaidan. Strange Stories and Studies from Japan, ”which he wrote in his later years. Hearn's works had a decisive influence on the western image of Japan in the early 20th century. The life of Hearn is presented as well as his accomplishments and ideas.
From JR Matsue Station:
Lakeline Bus approx. 16 min. Get off at “Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum”.
Matsue City Bus approx. 18 min. Get off at “Shiominawate”, 6 minute walk.
Ichibata Bus approx. 20 min. Get off at “Shiominawate Iriguchi”, 1 minute walk.
20-minute walk from Ichibata Electric Railways Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station
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