SpotKoizumi Yakumo

Koizumi Yakumo ? the Japanese name of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn ? was a foreign-born writer who loved Matsue. Born in Greece in 1850 of an Irish father and Greek mother, he came to Matsue as an English teacher in 1890 at age 40. Attracted by local culture, landscapes and people, he wrote of such things in the book "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan." He married Koizumi Setsu, a daughter of a samurai family, and lived in Matsue for 15 months. He wrote essays and stories in English related to Japan such as "Kokoro" and "Kwaidan." He is still revered as a writer in Japan today.

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