Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence

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Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence

Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence
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Sally N
Hong Kong, China25 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Interesting display of how this foreigner grew up and eventually established a relationship with Japan and came to settle there. It's also quiet and peaceful there.
Written May 8, 2019
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ThreeFromVancouver
Vancouver BC Canada183 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Okay, we didn't really know anything about him before we planned our trip to Matsue, but nonetheless it's still interesting to be able to walk around a well preserved and restored building from that long ago.
Written April 12, 2019
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Yasuko G
Portland, OR293 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
There was only one visitor besides me. Most visitors go to memorial hall but skip the residence. So if you like nice and quiet, this is place to be.
Written March 8, 2019
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Tiffen
Melbourne, Australia756 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
This is an amazing look back at the way in which Yakum Koizum (Hearn) lived and worked while he was in Matsue for what would become his formative years in Japan. This is the place he met his wife and first starting teaching at the local school. The gardens are amazing at any time of the year and must be really impressive in spring when the entire street must be abuse with people. There is a small change to get in but well worth it. You don't need long - the house is quite small.
Written January 2, 2018
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Tristan J
19 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
The Yakumo Koizumi Residence is an idyllic traditional Japanese house next to the castle river. I can especially recommend this attraction to foreigners who are very familiar with Japanese culture, live in Japan, speak Japanese, might even be thinking of becoming Japanese just as Lafcadio Hearn did or just love traditional Japanese ghost tales from one of Japans legendary Japanese foreigners.
Written February 5, 2017
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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,514 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Near the Matsue Castle complex is a well-preserved district with samurai residences along the castle’s northern moat. One of them is made into a museum as it was once resided by Lafcadio Hearn (KOIZUMI Yakumo), a Greek-Irish American who worked in Matsue as an English teacher and also a prominent writer. He was one of the most important English writers in the early modern Japan who introduced Japan to the Western World in the late 19th century. One of his most famous works is “Kwaidan” which was the original of the famous 1965 movie by Masaki Kobayashi.

When he married in 1891 with Koizumi Setsu, a local Shinto family woman, they rented this former samurai residence for about ten months before leaving for Kumamoto for a new teaching position. He probably didn’t feel too comfortable in this typical Japanese house, but was known to have enjoyed atmosphere of the samurai Japan that came with the house.

This residence doesn’t have any detailed information about Hearn and his wife. It is available at the Koizumi Yakumo Kinenkan Museum (Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum) next door.
Written October 26, 2016
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Jan M
Maspalomas, Spain46 contributions
Oct 2015
This old Japanese residence (sometimes referred as old samurai house) gives you a good view on how life must have been in the past in japan. A plus is the reduce fee for foreign visitors.
Written October 21, 2015
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八千代 西
120 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
I knew why Yakumo Koizumi loved Matue city and lake Shinji when I visited this. The residence was well remained.
Written March 29, 2015
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shinobu
HIROSHIMA195 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
Literati who loved Japan, house lived Koizumi Yakumo.
Buildings of more than a hundred years ago.
Wonderfully beautiful garden.
It is possible to see the customs of hundred years ago.
Narrow building, but can spend a relaxed time.
I recommend strongly here.
Written March 25, 2014
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James C
London, UK30 contributions
Mar 2013 • Solo
Although the residence is small and doesn't take longer than 15 mins to visit I really recommend it. The house is beautiful as is the traditional Japanese garden. The house really relaxed me and the pamphlet given in English was interesting as it had Lafcadio's own description of the house which still matches the house you see today. You don't need to know anything about Lafcadio before you visit (as I didn't either), the residence speaks for itself!
Written April 5, 2013
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