Originally published in 1897, Gleanings in Buddha-Fields is Lafcadio Hearn’s third book from his Japanese period. Gleanings in Buddha-Fields is a volume of essays which explore the Philosophy and teachings of Japanese Buddhism. The book offers the reader a wealth of essays and sketches on Japanese religious belief, art and life. Chapters Include; A Living God, Notes of a Trip to Kyoto, About Faces in Japanese Art, Buddhist Allusions in Japanese Folk Song, Nirvana, and The Rebirth of Katsuguro.

“If nobody helped anybody, all people would fall down and die.”


Gleanings in Buddha-Fields has been set in Minion Pro 11/13 x 23, a typeface designed by Robert Slimbach (1956– ) in 1990 and issued by Adobe Systems. Minion can be traced back to 1873 and found in Miller & Richards Typefounders Catalogue of the same year. The title is set in FF Meta Bold by Erik Spiekermann (1947– ) issued in 1991 and released through FontShop International.

Japanese Calligraphy (書道 – Shodou), an ancient form of artistic writing of the Japanese language by Shoko CopeKoga.


Gleanings in Buddha-Fields

by Lafcadio Hearn


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Originally published in 1897, Gleanings in Buddha-Fields is Lafcadio Hearn’s third book from his Japanese period.

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Literature, Japanese Studies, Folklore, Cultural Studies, and Travel Writing

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Lafcadio Hearn

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (June 27, 1850 - September 26th, 1904) was born on the Greek island of Lefkada. He later become known as Lafcadio Hearn and as Koizumi Yakumo (小泉 八雲), when he became a Japanese citizen. Lafcadio Hearn was the son of Charles Hearn, an Irish Surgeon-major in the British Army and Roas Antonia Kassimati of Kythera, a local Greek woman for the Ionian Islands. When Hearn’s parents divorced at aged six, Hearn moved to Dublin and later attended Ushaw Roman Catholic College, Durham. He was injured in an accident and lost the sight of his left eye.

At 19, he was sent to live in the United States of America and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio and later New Orleans, Louisiana. It was while working for the Times Democrat newspaper in New Orleans, that Hearn’s writing talent emerged. His writings focused on the city’s history, cuisine, underworld and Voodoo. In 1889, Lafcadio Hearn was sent as a correspondent to the West Indies, where he spent two years. He wrote Two Years in the French West Indies and Youma: The Story of a West-Indian Slave. Both books were published in 1890. In late 1889, Hearn traveled to Japan as a newspaper correspondent, a commission that was soon broken off. Hearn soon made Japan his home and gained a teaching position at Shimane Prefectural Common Middle School and at Normal School in Matsue. Lafcadio Hearn later married Setsu Koizumi, the daughter of a local samurai family from Matsue.

In 1891, Hearn moved to Kumamoto, Kyushu to teach at the Fifth Higher Middle School. His book, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894) was written during this period in Kumamoto. Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life was first published in 1896 during his time as an English Teacher at Tokyo Imperial University, were he worked until 1903. In the same year Hearn began to teach at Waseda University until his death due to heart failure in 1904.

Photo: Frederick Gutekunst, 1889. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lafcadio Hearn

ISBN: 978-0-9567273-3-6
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 245
Typography: Minion Pro
Dimensions: 5" x 8" (203mm x 127mm)
Weight: 209 grams


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