Category: books

An Italian fairy-tale of questionable romanticism

The amazing people at #FolkloreThursday, one of the initiatives that prompt lovers of folklore and the fantastic to tweet weekly around a theme, decided to announce their theme in advance, while usually the theme is announced the day before. If you want to jump on board, you can find the 2022 themes here. This means […]

The Story of Hōichi the Earless

As I anticipated, I’m looking into Lafcadio Hearn’s Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. The first story collected in the book revolves around a prominent figure in Japan’s folklore, Hōichi the Earless (耳なし芳一, Mimi-nashi Hōichi), a cursed bard. It is normally considered that Earn wrote his tale after reading Isseki Sanjin (一夕散人), and his 1782 […]