Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was born in Greece, educated in Ireland, and went to the United States where he studied literature. He came to Japan in 1890 and immediately resolved to settle down in this country for life. He taught English in Matsue and Kumamoto, and then moved to Kobe where he was naturalized in Japan in 1896. He moved to Tokyo in the same year to give lectures at the Imperial University of Tokyo. From the following year onward, he summered every year at the sea coast of Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on the second floor of a fish shop owned by Otokichi Yamaguchi, whom Hearn thought the most amiable Japanese he had ever known. The shop was rebuilt in the Meiji-Mura in 1971.

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