Originally published in 1905, this work is a collection of writings by the American author Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn was a scholar of Japanese culture and society, eventually became a citizen of the country himself. This book is a collection of posthumously published essays that largely focus on Japanese poetry, legends, and the country's political issues. It is beautifully written and a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in philosophical musings inspired by the intriguing culture of Japan. We are also republishing this work with a brand new introductory biography of the author.