The 150th Anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn’s Arrival in the USA
Lecture “Lafcadio Hearn in the Present Day” by
Bon Koizumi (Lafcadio Hearn’s great-grandson) & Calligraphy Live Performance “Oma—The Twilight Hour—An Encounter between Hearn’s Spirit and Calligraphy” by Nanami Nanasawa（Calligrapher）and Kyoji Yamamoto（Guitarist）
Organized by The Nippon Club and The Hearn Society
The Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo, 1850-1904) was born in Greece. He lived in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, the USA and on the Caribbean island of Martinique, before arriving in Japan in 1890. He is known as a writer who communicated the fundamental culture of Japan in the Meiji era to the world through acute insights with his five senses.
He explored the spiritual culture of the Japanese people with an open mind, and introduced this to the world through more than ten works, including Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Kokoro, Kwaidan, and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation. Exactly 150 years ago, in 1869, Hearn, aged 19, arrived in New York alone, as an Irish immigrant. Throughout his childhood, he had overcome much hardship. After his arrival in the USA, he worked as a journalist in Cincinnati and New Orleans. He continued such work for around 20 years, and established himself as a top class journalist and writer.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Hearn’s arrival in the United States, The Nippon Club will organize “Lecture & Calligraphy Live Performance”, co-organized by The Hearn Society.
Bon Koizumi, Lafcadio Hearn’s great-grandson”, will give a lecture titled “Lafcadio Hearn in the Present Day”.
“In recent years, there has been an increasing re-evaluation of Hearn in Japan and in places around the world that are associated with him. Hearn is no longer merely a target of literary research. He is becoming more relevant to the needs of contemporary society as a multi-faceted figure with an open mind. As a descendant of Hearn’s, this has great significance for me,” says Koizumi.
After the lecture, Nanami Nanasawa will give a calligraphy performance to Kyoji Yamamoto’s guitar accompaniment.
“In the time between day and night, the times that connects this world with the other,
the time when humans encounter demons, at the boundary connecting the realm of the gods,
the world of Oma, the twilight hour when nothing can be seen, will be created on paper, ” says Nanami.
Please come and witness the moment of “an Encounter between Hearn’s Spirit and Calligraphy.”
*The event will be conducted in Japanese with English interpretation.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 23rd, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: The Nippon Club (145 West 57th St, New York, NY 10019)
Attendance $10 (members) / $15 (non-members) Including Drink
Registration: email@example.com (Ms. Honda)
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