Hearn Memorial Hall

Hearn Memorial Hall, Matsue

Hearn Memorial Hall
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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ScribblingGeek
Singapore, Singapore372 contributions
Solo
It's small but the exhibits are comprehensive, introducing not only Hearn's works but his colorful life too. Visitors who can read Japanese will probably be thrilled by the sizable library on the second floor. The library has both different editions of Hearn's works, and commentaries about him.
Written December 12, 2018
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Helen C
1157053641 contributions
Couples
A very well documented museum. Inspiring and interesting. Hearn had played an important part in Japan’s history.
Written October 28, 2019
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Jeffrey F
Ilkeston, UK1,407 contributions
Solo
As a British person living in Japan 45 years ago, Lafcadio Hearn was one of those semi-mythical figures you felt you knew, and yet didn’t really know at all. I never got to visit Matsue to see his most famous dwelling until a recent return visit so made the effort. Although he only actually lived in the house for 5 months - it was here that he met his wife, Setsu & set up an independent home for the first time.

There are photographic & literary displays of his life, family, & works with explanations of his background & motivations & some of his old (westernised) furniture in the Japanese setting. The small garden is an additional attraction to visitors – as it was to Hearn himself. The place is not very big & can be seen in 30-45 minutes. It is however set amongst a number of old samurai houses on the most photogenic street in town. Nearby are Buke Yashiki (an ancient middle-ranking Samurai residence) & the Tanabe Museum of Art. They all face one the lovely canals & several restful cafes, which themselves open out onto the canal – so you can watch the tourist boats at leisure. It is a few minutes’ walk from Matsue Castle grounds. Being on the Lakeside Circular Tourist bus route & it easy to get to.
Written November 22, 2015
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KatrinkaSD
San Diego, CA331 contributions
Family
If you have not read Lafcadio Hearn's works, they are worth a look before you go. They really do describe not only the importance of this locality, but its critical place in Japanese history. You will enjoy the area much more if you take the time to read at least a bit of his works. The Memorial Hall does an impeccable job describing his life, and also his family. I had ALWAYS wondered who was the source of his information. A half-blind foreigner living in an extremely remote region of Japan must have had someone's dedicated support. Not surprisingly, like his contemporaries, Mark Twain and Leo Tolstoy, he relied heavily on his wife, Setsu Koizumi. Like Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmond Hillary, it was nice to see a partnership so lovingly acknowledged more than a century later.
Written November 3, 2014
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Sally N
Hong Kong, China25 contributions
Solo
I've never heard of Hearn before but the memorial hall provided a lot of useful information for me to understand this Irish man who had called Japan home in the past
Written May 8, 2019
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ibjpn13
Pleasant Prairie, WI50 contributions
Couples
Nice museum and former residence Lafcadio Hearn. I've read one of his books years ago and was interested to vist this author's former home and the museum next to it. Charming small home with a nice traditional Japanese garden and a very nice museum with small A/V room where you can watch a short film on this author. Worth a visit if in Matsue.
Written April 4, 2019
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Yasuko G
Portland, OR293 contributions
Solo
When I went there, I have very little knowledge about him. I understand how and why he love Japan and its culture so much. Understanding him was also understanding my own culture and where I come from. Thank you.
Written March 8, 2019
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DERtravels
Upland, CA1,436 contributions
Couples
Lafcadio Hearn was a British national of Greek and Irish descent who fell in love with Japan, married the daughter of a Matsue samurai and became a naturalized Japanese citizen. He produced 30 works which were mainly translations, travelogues and retelling of folk tales.

The museum has chronological displays of his life, tracing his worldly travels and his life in Japan. There is also a library of his works. A very interesting part of one man's
contribution to understanding Japanese culture.

Admission is 400 Yen for an adult, 200 Yen for child. Open all year round from 0830 to 1700, later in the summer.
Written January 19, 2019
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Vanessa Y
Tokyo, Japan815 contributions
If you know about Lafacadio Hearn and some of his work, it makes for an interesting visit. It's a great little museum, that's well put together. Some of the items on display (not all of them) have English explanations. It only takes about 30 mins at most.
Written September 17, 2015
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Andy L
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan22 contributions
Friends
The museum is right next to Hearn's old residence. Despite the museum being a tad small, there is a lot of information (in English as well as Japanese) and photos with Hearn and his works on display, as well as information about his family how he came to Matsue and how he came to find his wife! It was interesting learning more about his life and work.
Written April 3, 2013
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