The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. In this episode, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan travels to Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, where the writer and journalist Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) lived. Hearn is known for his compilation of Japanese ghost stories, Kwaidan, and had a deep interest in Japanese spirituality and folk religion. We visit the places that inspired Hearn in Matsue and look at some expressions related to ghosts along the way.
Lafcadio Hearn is known for his compilation of Japanese ghost stories
Bakemono: creatures that are transformed from their original state
Kitsunetsuki ("possessed by a fox"): an altered mental state