Koizumi Yakumo – The Secret of Lafcadio Hearn
Exhibition commemorating 160th Anniversary of Hearn’s birth and 120th Anniversary of his arrival in Japan

 Exhibition Information

Term :
June 26-September 5, 2010
*This exhibition is only held in Kumamoto
Closed :
Every Tuesday
Museum hours :
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (No admission after 7:30 p.m.)
Entrance fees :
Adults 1000yen(800yen)
University/high school students: 500yen(400yen)
Junior high/elementary school students: 300yen(200yen)
Junior high/elementary school students in Kumamoto city, Fukuoka city, Kagoshima city: Free(With current ID)
Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people, (Only for adults and university/high school students.), For those who are physically or mentally handicapped and for those over 65 years of age in Kumamoto city, Fukuoka city, Kagoshima city.
*July 17 and 18, 2010: Yukata Festival. The person in Yukata is discounted half price of the entrance fee.
* CAMK and The former residence of Koizumi Yakumo in Kumamoto offer the discount for the two venue visitor. Please show the entrance ticket in the each reception.
* Several works will be rotated during the exhibition.
Place :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto Gallery I, II .

Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press Co., TKU (TV Kumamoto Co. Ltd.)
Subsidied by:
Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Active
Cooperated by :
Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Greece, Consulate of the United States, Fukuoka, Japan., Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bizyutuka Renmei (Artists’ Union of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Kokusai Kancou Convention Kyokai, Kumamoto Ireland Society, NHK Kumamoto, FM-Kumamoto Broadcasting Co., FM791, JCN Kumamoto
Supported by :
Art Consulting Firm, Gallery Naruyama, YAMAMOTO GENDAI, Kumamoto University Library, The Memorial Museum of the Fifth High School, Kumamoto University., School of Agriculture, Tokai University., Kumamoto Prefectural Library, The former residence of Koizumi Yakumo in Kumamoto, Kumamoto-Bungakutai, Hotel Nikko Kumamoto
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
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Koizumi Yakumo – The Secret of Lafcadio Hearn
Exhibition commemorating 160th Anniversary of Hearn’s birth and 120th Anniversary of his arrival in Japan

The Greek Irish author, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo after gaining Japanese citizenship, was best known for his books about Japan, especially for Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things that features several Japanese ghost stories.
This exhibition makes attempt to visualize what Hearn had seen through his life in Japan, and through his imagination. Hearn was born in Lefkada, one of the Greek Ionian Islands. He moved to and lived in Ireland, also in the United States of America. Then, in 1890, Hearn went to Japan. He stayed here, in Kumamoto from 1891 to 1894.
The exhibition shows not only the objects that belong to Hearn but also the works of Japanese contemporary artists who have inherited the taste and imagination from Hearn.
Participating artists
Ekin, Kyosai Kawanabe, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Aubrey Beardsley, Tatsuo Miyajima, Koichi Souma, Yukio Hideshima, Tadasu Takamine, Fuyuko Matsui, Yasuyuki Nishio, Sakiko Nomura, Atsushi Suzuki, Toru Kamei

Rafcadio Hearn's Relic, Insect Cage (replica), Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum

Ekin, Chohanagata Meika no Simadai Kosakage Yakata ("Kosakabe's Manshion"scene, from "Chohanagata Meika no Simadai"), Akakoka-cho Honmachi 2nd zone

Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, The Fox transfomed Kuzunoha missing her Child, from "Ashiya Doman Oouchi Kagami", Tokushima city

Kyosai Kawanabe, Ushiwakamaru, Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art

Yukio Hideshima, Ship of wind C, Collection of the Artist

Toru Kamei, All the Flowers and Insects, Akimitsu Naruyama

Yasuyuki Nishio, Drown-oil fence, Takahashi Collection, Photo by Keizo Kioku, courtesy of YAMAMOTO GENDAI

Fuyuko Matsui, Nyctalopia, Gallery Naruyama

Sakiko Nomura, Kuroyami, Collection of the Artist

Koichi Soma, Concept Director:Tatsuo Miyajima, Floating Time (Limitless Life), Private Collection, Photo by Jun Kato, courtesy of Art Consulting Firm

Related Events

Artists Talk
Participating artists talk about their own works.
Artists: Yukio Hideshima, Fuyuko Matsui, Yasuyuki Nishio, Sakiko Nomura
Atsushi Suzuki, Toru Kamei
Date: June 26 (Sat.)
Time: 14:00-15:30
Meeting place: Entrance of gallery
Admission: Exhibition ticket is required.

Lecture series
July 4 (Sun.)
Haruko Tomisawa (Curator, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto)
“About the exhibition Koizumi Yakumo – The Secret of Lafcadio Hearn
July 11 (Sun.)
Bon Koizumi (Professor, The University of Shimane Junior College)
“To make Koizumi Yakumo active now”
July 18 (Sun.)
Morio Nishikawa (Professors emeritus, Kumamoto University)
“About the Creole culture from Lafcadio Hearn’s interest”
July 25 (Sun.)
Shiro Atogami (Associate Professor, Kumamoto University)
“Manga and Koizumi Yakumo”
August 1 (Sun.)
Toshiyuki Okuma ( Associate Professor, the University of Toyama)
“Koizumi Yakumo and Japanese old popular culture, taking some cues from the
Lafcadio Hearn Library in University of Toyama Library”
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Why don’t you painting a ghost?
Instructor Yukio Hideshima ( Artist), CAMK staff
Place: Kids Factory
Participating fee: Free, but Exhibition ticket is required (Students in Kumamoto city don’t need it)
Date: August 7 (Sat.)
Time: 10:30-17:00
*This workshop is for elementary school students grade 3~6.
*We can only accept 20 people. (Registration is necessary)
*Participant must read a story by Lafcadio Hearn. Participant needs your painting materials.

Special Summer Film Show
“Kaidan [Ghost Stories or Kwaidan]” (1964, 183 min, Japan )
Date: August 8 (Sun.)
Time: 13:30-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free
Supported by KINECOM

Rokyoku Concert (a genre of traditional Japanese narrative singing)
Date: August 13 (Fri.)
Time: 18:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free
Singer: Takeharu Kunimoto

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
Let's enjoy the exhibition with family or friends.
While enjoying art, we will show you convenient facilities for parents such as nursing room or play space for children. This offer is also for future mothers and family consists of 0-6 year's old child.
Date: July 24 (Sat)
Time: 10:30-11:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.
Capacity: 7 groups (bookings required)
Guide: Curator of CAMK

Gallery Talk
Curator introduces the exhibition’s highlights.
Date: On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
July 4, 11, 18, 25, August 1, 7, 8 aren’t held
Time: 15:00-
Meeting place: Entrance of gallery
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.

Ohanasi Tamatebako LIVE vol.7
Date: July 17 (sat.)
Time: 14:00-
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Poetry Reading
Date: July 22 (Tues.), August 28 (Tues.)
Time: 18:00-
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Concert / Film Screenings

Monday Movies
Date&Time: Twice on Monday, 14:00~, 18:00~
Place: 5F Art Loft
Admission: Free

Music Wave
We would like to introduce various music players throughout the year.
Date: July 10 (Sat.)
Time: 18:30-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Home Gallery Concert
Concerts daily in the home gallery at 7 p.m. 
Admission: Free
Piano Concerts by volunteer staffs of CAMK