Tag: Japan

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 […]

A Japanese Winter Tale: The Yuki-Onna

Well, today we move to Japan and we meet a particular yōkai, the Yuki-onna (雪女) or “snow woman”. I found this particular story in a beautiful collection of Japanese tales illustrated by Kotaro Chiba. This particular story is the one narrated by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, also known with his Japanese acquired name Koizumi Yakumo, and tells […]