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A Place to Write

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 6 July 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

This is another view of the home where Lafcadio Hearn lived with his new wife, a woman named Setsu whom he met not long after arriving in Matsue. Hearn wrote in this back room, and we see here copies of the desk and chair he used. Because he struggled with poor eyesight the desk was built high enough that his papers and books would be close to eye level when he sat down.

His greatest pleasure was to live in the world of his imagination and to write, his wife Setsu wrote in later years. When he was lost in his writing, he often saw visions and heard imaginary sounds, which made me very uneasy, and I just wished that he would not become so absorbed. There were times in Matsue, when I was still young, I thought that Hearn might lose his mind. I was so worried that one day I asked Nishida [a friend] for his opinion. In the course of time, however, I came to realize that he was just totally caught up in his own thoughts.

NIKON D300 1/8 second F/9.0 ISO 320 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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