Father and I: Memories of Lafcadio Hearn

Father and I: Memories of Lafcadio Hearn

Father and I: Memories of Lafcadio Hearn

Father and I: Memories of Lafcadio Hearn

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Few years ago, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of my father, Lafcadio Hearn -- or Yakumo Koizumi as he was called later in Japan -- I was approached from many quarters to write something about him.

In Japan alone, many books have been published on his life, and his photograph, which he disliked to be looked upon, began to appear, not only in some of these publications, but even in advertisements of patent medicines. The saintly, seclusive father Yakumo has thus become very familiar to everyone. So to go over his life history is quite needless, nor have I the least desire to attempt anything of the sort.

I am sure there are many people who have been placed in the same difficult position as I, uncertain whether to speak or to keep silence. There is a saying, 'It is best not to disclose everything.' Then another, 'Eloquence is silver, silence is gold.' These are the expressions of troubled, undecided minds.

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