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Kottō : being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs

Kottō : being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs by Lafcadio Hearn
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In "Kottō: Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry Cobwebs," Lafcadio Hearn takes readers on a fascinating journey into the world of Japanese culture and folklore. Through a collection of essays and anecdotes, Hearn explores various aspects of Japanese life, from traditional customs and beliefs to eerie ghost stories and supernatural legends.

One of the standout features of the book is Hearn's vivid and evocative storytelling style, which brings to life the sights, sounds, and sensations of Japan in the late 19th century. His keen observation and attention to detail offer readers a rare glimpse into a bygone era, while also shedding light on the enduring traditions and values that continue to shape Japanese society today.

In addition to its cultural insights, "Kottō" also offers a unique perspective on the enigmatic and often mysterious nature of Japanese aesthetics. Hearn delves into the world of art, craftsmanship, and design, revealing the intricate beauty and craftsmanship that define traditional Japanese objects and artifacts.

Overall, "Kottō" is a captivating and enlightening read that will appeal to anyone with an interest in Japanese culture, history, or folklore. Hearn's passion for his subject matter shines through in every page, making this book a must-read for anyone curious about the rich tapestry of Japanese life and tradition.

Book Description:
Kottō contains 20 Japanese stories, collected from different sources and translated by Lafcadio Hearn. The types of stories in this collection are widespread: There are old ghost stories Hearn is best known for (The Legend of Yurei-Daki), his own observations and musings (Pathological), as well as the translation of 'A Woman's Diary', a touching account of the life of the poorer classes in Tokyo, written at the end of the 19th century.

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