Lafcadio Hearn Home Garden, Matsue - Hearn was one of the first western writers with an interest in Japanese culture. He lived in Matsue, Shimane for about one year and his residence is open to the public. Hearn was an aficionado of Japanese gardens, and his tiny house is more garden than building, as it is surrounded on 3 sides by Japanese gardens. Hearn was born in Greece to an Irish father and a Greek mother and resided in Greece, Ireland, Britain, France and the US before moving to Japan in 1890 where he married a Japanese and was naturalized as Koizumi Yakumo, the name he remains known under in Japan. He is best known for his books that introduced Japan to the west such as "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan”.
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