Any Yokai/Lafcadio Hearn/Manga enthusiast should check this newest work from Otsuka Eiji
February 15, 2009 at 01:21 PM
Thanks for the tip!
February 15, 2009 at 05:24 PM
Seiichi Umemoto's _Portrait of Tokyo_ has this as 265 2-chome Nishi-Okubo.
Nina Kennard's 1912 biography of Hearn (available via Google Books) reports, "Nishi Okubo is known as the Gardener's Quarter, where the celebrated Tokyo azaleas are grown, and where a show of azaleas is held once a year."
February 18, 2009 at 06:41 AM
From Vera McWilliams' 1946 bio of Hearn:
"In ... Okubo, a district noted for its azaleas, Setsuko found a small estate which pleased her, and she took Hearn to look at the property. It was in a secluded, Japanese neighborhood and it boasted a bamboo grove and many fine old trees as well as an attractive garden."
February 18, 2009 at 07:05 AM
One last bit - looks like U.S. firebombing is what changed the character of the neighborhood:
February 18, 2009 at 08:13 AM
Yes, definitely more "Okubo" than Shinjuku, though they're within walking distance. Thanks for the link to the article -- good ol' Mark Schreiber spins it old-school for us yet again!
February 18, 2009 at 08:54 AM
There is actually a little park dedicated to Hearn just down the street from his former residence, but when we dropped by it was filled with litter, stray cats, and a homeless dude taking a makeshift bath in the sink of the public restroom...
February 18, 2009 at 09:01 AM
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