A new Lefkada museum opened three months ago in our special island. On July 4th, 2014 the Historical Center of Lafcadio Hearn opened in Lefkada Town. This is the first European museum devoted to the national poet of Japan, whose origins are actually traced back to Greece and in particular Lefkada Island. Lafcadio Hearn, who is mostly known by his Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, lived a life of travels and adventure.
Located in a renovated room on the ground floor of the Cultural Center of the Town, this small Lefkada museum houses not only Lafcadio Hearns own personal items, but also Japanese collective items. Among others, the museum collection includes first editions, rare books, texts and photos.
All exhibits along with many interactive applications in this new but interesting Lefkada museum help visitors gain a valuable insight into the fascinating life of poet Lafcadio Hearn. It is located only few steps from our complex of Lefkada apartments.
Lafcadio Hearn: life and work
The son of a Greek woman named Rosa Kasimatis and an Irish surgeon of the British Army called Charles Hearn, Lafcadio Hearn was born in Lefkada in 1850. However, he grew up away from his parents in Ireland and England. He emigrated to the USA and lived there for ten years, until he finally settled in Japan. He passed away in Tokyo in 1904, at the age of 54.
Free-spirit and open-minded, he is a famous, cosmopolitan writer. In the USA, he became popular for his writings about New Orleans, where he had actually stayed for a few years.
However, his literary work is primarily centered on Japan. In particular, he wrote numerous collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories such as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. This explains why he is internationally known as the national poet of Japan.