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Hearn Memorial Hall

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A Treasure Trove for Hearn Fans

It's small but the exhibits are comprehensive, introducing not only Hearn's works but his colorful... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
Singapore, Singapore
Fascinating insight

The exhibits here tell the story of a very interesting figure, whom I knew nothing about... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
Alison W
Tadcaster, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lafcadio Hearn was a British national of Greek and Irish descent who fell in love with Japan, married the daughter of a Matsue samurai and became a naturalized Japanese citizen. He produced 30 works which were mainly translations, travelogues and retelling of folk tales. The...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

It's small but the exhibits are comprehensive, introducing not only Hearn's works but his colorful life too. Visitors who can read Japanese will probably be thrilled by the sizable library on the second floor. The library has both different editions of Hearn's works, and commentaries...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

The exhibits here tell the story of a very interesting figure, whom I knew nothing about previously. A penniless near orphan who visited places in the world a great distance form wher he was born and brought up and who developed a fierce passion for...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Alison W
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Was surprised to become so interested in someone I admit I had never heard of before - a very interesting story and good displays told his story well. It was a stop on cruise excursion that covered a lot of places, don't need much time...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank LMCM111
Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is a truly amazing Museum on a man I must admit I had not heard of before. The story of Hearn is interesting given his importance in Japanese culture, especially when you not that he was not here for a great deal of time,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Lots of interesting Hearn artifacts and history. If you're a Hearn fan, this is not to be missed. Lots of photos, historical writings, books, etc. on display. We'll worth a visit if you're in Matsue.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

Never heard of Locadio Hearn before we've decided to visit wonderful Matsue and this place tells all about him. This and his former residence (with a nice garden) offer lots of info about the man who decided to put Matsue on the map by carefully...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

museum offers homage to one of the area:s great writers. while worth a visit on the same route as the castle, art museum , shrines, and lake, the stop merits about 20 minutes, enough time to catch the next bus. 500 yen buys an all-day...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

We knew nothing about Lafcadio Hearn before visiting this super museum and felt we learnt a lot. He certainly led a very unusual and interesting life. The display panels are all brand new, beautifully designed and very informative. Whoever wrote the English text had an...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Alan W
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Museum has just re-opened during summer 2016 after its renovation and expansion. Before entering we were totally ignorant about his writings. The 3 exhibition halls on the ground floor, especially the first one, are so informative in Japanese and in English that we started to...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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