Stories And Studies Of Strange Things
NPR stories about Kwaidan
Lafcadio Hearn, half Irish, half Greek, was named for the island of his birth, Lefkada. A childhood accident left him with a blind left eye, which he regarded as a deformity. After a career in New Orleans as a journalist, he went to Japan in 1890. He felt less self-conscious there. He married a Japanese woman and began explaining Japan to the West.
In particular he liked its ghost stories, collected in Kwaidan. My favorite is the tale of Hoichi, the Earless. Hoichi