ラ フ カ デ ィ オ・ハ ー ン の 会

Lafcadio Hearn was born in Greece in 1850 as a second son to a British father and a Greek mother. He was brought up in Ireland. At the age of 20 he emigrated to the USA, making a name for himself as a journalist particularly in Cincinnati and in New Orleans. He even lived for a time in the French West Indies.

It was in 1890 that he arrived in Japan. He became a teacher in different places such as Matsue, Kumamoto, and Tokyo, lecturing on English literature at Tokyo and Waseda University. Some of his students came to Hiroshima to teach English. It is a well-known fact that he also wrote lots of ghost stories, "Yuki-Onna" and "Miminashi-Hoichi" are among them. He became a Japanese citizen but died in Tokyo at the age of 54. The year 2000(which was also the 150th anniversary of Hearn's birthday) saw quite a few academic events both in Japan and abroad commemorating Hearn's greatest literary achievements.

Here in Hiroshima, the "Hiroshima Lafcadio Hearn Society" was organized on August 5, 2000. At present more than 30 people are enrolled in our society. We have a regular assembly on the first Saturday of every month at Hijiyama University. Up to June this year, we had already met 82 times!

In each gathering we read Hearn's writings and exchange information about recent events or festivals celebrating Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn himself did not live in Hiroshima, however, he did write about things Japanese in the Meiji Era which we cannot see or hear now but which remind us how elegant and honorable Japanese people were in those days. It was with these views in mind that we decided to establish the "Hiroshima Lafcadio Hearn Society" 7 years ago. We believe that we can, through his interests and writings, learn many nice and valuable things still remaining in Japan. Those who are interested in feeling the true meanings of the Japanese heart are welcome to our society.

All of you have to do is bring yourself to the Seminar Room on the 4th floor in Building No.7 of Hijiyama University, at 2:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. You are sure to have fun and feel cultivated as you read Hearn with the ardent participants. And, best of all, it's free of charge! For more information, please call Katashi Furo(part-time instructor) at 082-843-0066.
(Hijiyama Student Times July, 2007 掲載)



208回 
ハーンの会ニュースより (2017.12. 16)   (詳しくはこちら)

ニュースより抜粋

 

Of every pair of Japanese wooden clogs, one makes in walking a slightly different sound from the other, as krang; so that the echo of the walkers steps has an alternate rhythm of tones.  On a pavement, such as that of a railway station, the sound obtains immense sonority; and a crowd will sometimes intentionally fall into step, with the drollest conceivable result of drawling wooden noise. (MY First Day in the Orient)

 

                 風呂 鞏   

ハーンに関心のある方、興味のある方、どうぞ、お気軽にご参加ください。

会費は無料です。詳しくはメールを・・・reiko-tzav.att.ne.jp
                       を@にかえて送信してください。
  

HP作成 鉄森令子)


 

[ラフカディオ・ハーンの会 掲示板へ]  

       since 2002.8.20