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Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)

1. At a Railway Station
2. The Genius of Japanese Civilization, Pt. 1
3. The Genius of Japanese Civilization, Pt. 2
4. A Street Singer
5. From a Traveling Diary
6. The Nun of the Temple of Amida
7. After the War
8. Haru
9. A Glimpse of Tendencies, Pt. 1
10. A Glimpse of Tendencies, Pt. 2
11. By Force of Karma
12. A Conservative, Pt. 1
13. A Conservative, Pt. 2
14. In the Twilight of the Gods
15. The Idea of Pre-Existence, Pt. 1
16. The Idea of Pre-Existence, Pt. 2
17. In Cholera-Time
18. Some Thoughts About Ancestor-Worship, Pt. 1
19. Some Thoughts About Ancestor-Worship, Pt. 2
20. Kimiko
21. Appendix 1: Three Popular Ballads (Intro.)
22. Appendix 2: The Ballad of Shuntoku-Maru
23. Appendix 3: The Ballad of Oguri-Hangwan, Pt. 1
24. Appendix 3: The Ballad of Oguri-Hangwan, Pt. 2
25. Appendix 4: The Ballad of O-Shichi, the Daughter of the Yaoya

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Summary

In an introductory paragraph, Lafcadio Hearn declares his intention: "The papers composing this volume treat of the inner rather than of the outer life of Japan, for which reason they have been grouped under the title Kokoro (heart). Written with the above character, this word signifies also mind, in the emotional sense; spirit; courage; resolve; sentiment; affection; and inner meaning, just as we say in English, "the heart of things."" The result is a highly eclectic collection of stories, diary entries, cultural essays, and collected traditional texts that illustrate not only the state of Japanese society in the 1890s but also the endlessly fascinating issue of the intersection of cultures as demonstrated in a Westerner's interpretations of what he observed in Japan. As much is revealed about the Western mind as the Japanese mind whenever such an intersection occurs.