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Kokoro: Hints and Echos of Japanese Inner Life

Kokoro: Hints and Echos of Japanese Inner Life

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The 15 essays collected here examine the inner spiritual life of Japan through the people that make Japan the unique place it is. The word "Kokoro" itself can be translated as "heart," "spirit" or "inner meaning," and that's exactly what this title can teach us about Japan.

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Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (in Greek: Πατρίκιος Λευκάδιος Χερν, aka Koizumi Yakumo, in Japanese: 小泉八雲) was born in the island of Lefkas (aka Lefkada), Greece. He was a son of an army doctor Charles Hearn from Ireland and a Greek woman Rosa Cassimati (in Greek: Ρόζα Αντωνίου Κασιμάτη). After making remarkable works in America as a journalist, he went to Japan in 1890 as a journey report writer of a magazine. But as soon as he arrived in Yokohama, he quit the job because of a dissatisfaction with the...more