Izumo: Land of the Supernatural
First broadcast on December 14, 2023.
In the late 19th century, writer Lafcadio Hearn (Japanese name: Koizumi Yakumo) helped introduce Japan to the wider world. We visit the Izumo area to learn about the supernatural realm that he loved.
Lafcadio Hearn was one of the first Japanologists. His understanding of Japanese culture grew during his study of supernatural folklore.
The Lake Shinji scenery was greatly loved by Hearn.
The lake is known for its bountiful clams. A simple soup is a great way to enjoy their umami flavor.