Lafcadio Hearn Museum Matsue
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322 Okudani-cho, Matsue, Shimane 690-0872, Japan
Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) was a British national of Greek and Irish descent. After travelling over halfway around the globe, he arrived in Japan. In 1896, he married Koizumi Setsu, the daughter of a Matsue samurai, and became a Japanese citizen. During his fifty-four years of life, he produced thirty works, including Kwaidan, which he wrote in his later years.
In 1934, thirty years after Hearn’s death, the first Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum opened next to his former residence. This was made possible by contributions from many people and the donation of items belonging to Hearn. A renovated and expanded museum opened in the summer of 2016, the 120th anniversary of Hearn’s naturalisation as a Japanese national, and the 82nd anniversary of the museum’s founding.