Episode 33: Story Time – The Story of Mimi-Nashi Hoichi (Lafcadio Hearn)

Episode 33: Story Time – The Story of Mimi-Nashi Hoichi (Lafcadio Hearn)


After coming to live in Japan (1890), Lafcadio Hearn listened intently to the folk stories and ghostly tales that were related to him. He then wrote them down in English, adding his own unique style and began publishing books of his gathered observances and retellings. Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Exotics and Retrospectives, and Kwaidan to name a few.

Today on Uncanny Japan, I read you “Mimi-nashi Hoichi”, arguably Mr. Hearn’s most well known story. A story that has been made into a movie, appears on stage, shows up in manga, music, and is told on stages even today. As a matter of fact, I have tickets to go see a performance of Mimi-Nashi Hoichi in May.

 

 

The music bed for today’s Story Time by my musician son, who also does the intro/outro music. Julyan Ray Matsuura. Here and here. And here.

2 thoughts on “Episode 33: Story Time – The Story of Mimi-Nashi Hoichi (Lafcadio Hearn)

    1. That is so cool. I’ve found there is a local woman who tours around telling the story (of course in Japanese). I am going to listen to her today (literally in two hours!), but today’s story will be a different one. I wish I understood Thai. That would also be an enthralling rendition, I’m sure!

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