Contacts between Japan and the West were interrupted in the early 17th century and resumed in the second half of the 19th. A few years ago we discussed a book by our friend Jose Maria Sanchez-Ros, El insolito viaje del samurai Hasekura, about the last embassy from Japan to Europe before the country ceased contacts. This time we'll look at the 19th century instead, by discussing some of the writngs by Lafcadio Hearn, a perceptive visotor to Japan. In hs book Kokoro ( Protected content ) I would recommend in particular three short works: A Conservative, A Glimpse of Tendencies, and Kimiko. These will bring back Alessandro Valignano (17th century) and the Choshu Five (19th).
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