Lafcadio Hearn. The Unfamiliar Japan - Takis Efstathiou Collection
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Lafcadio Hearn. The Unfamiliar Japan - Takis Efstathiou Collection

05/01/2016 - 30/09/2018

From 1890 to 1904, Lafcadio Hearn (1850 - 1904), settled in Japan, wrote studies about Japanese life and ghost stories based on Japanese local folktales. His editions in English interpreted the culture and literature of an unfamiliar Japan not only to Western but also to Japanese readers.

The exhibition entitled ‘Lafcadio Hearn. The Unfamiliar Japan’ includes the first editions and original writings of an author who had an initial captivation with the bizarre and exotic Japanese world. It also provides rare editions of Hearn’s selected essays, translated in French, German and Japanese.  All the books come from Takis Efstathiou Collection.

Hearn frequently refers to Japanese art and culture, underlining the particular artistic value of famous Japanese ukiyo-e artists as Hokusai (1760-1849), Kunisada (1786-1864) and Hiroshige (1797–1858). The exhibition is enriched by woodblock prints of these major ukiyo-e artists, artworks of unique artistic value from the collection of the Museum's founder Gregorious Manos.

Curated by: Despina Zernioti, Director of Corfu Museum of Asian Art

  • Lafcadio Hearn. The Unfamiliar Japan
  • Lafcadio Hearn. The Unfamiliar Japan (1)
  • Lafcadio Hearn. The Unfamiliar Japan
  • Kotto, Being Japanese curios with sundry cobwebs,  Illustrations by Genjiro Yeto, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1902, Takis Efstathiou Collection
  • La lumière vient de l'orient, Essais de psychologie japonaise, Traduit de l'anglais par Marc Logé, Collection d'auteurs étrangers, Mercure de France Paris, 1919, Takis Efstathiou Collection
  • Scene from a Temple Festival Ōban triptych, colour woodblock print  c. Late Bunsei era (1818-30) Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi G. Manos Collection [Inv. no. 7340-42]
  • From the early 20th century Hearn´s stories were translated in other languages and so he became a world known author
  • Lafcadio Hearn. The Unfamiliar Japan
  • Japanese Goblin Poetry Published by a first & only limited numbered edition  of 500 copies (No 354), Tokyo 1934, Takis Efstathiou Collection
  • Japanese Goblin Poetry. This edition was organized by his son Kazuo Koizumi in 1934 and Illustrated by Lafkadio´s drawings
  • New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Ōji  from the series ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’ Ōban, colour woodblock (nishiki-e), c. 1857 Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) Manos Collection [Inv. no. 8047]
  • Kokoro Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston 1896, Takis Efstathiou Collection