KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn. Illustrated with Photographs by Hiroshi Watanabe

  “The Story of Mimi-Nashi (Earless) Hoichi”
KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Photograph © Hiroshi Watanabe

“The Story of Aoyagi”
KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Photograph © Hiroshi Watanabe

 “The Story of O-tei”
KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Photograph © Hiroshi Watanabe

“The Dream of Akinosuke”
KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Photograph © Hiroshi Watanabe

Photo illustrated by Hiroshi Watanabe. Limited Edition with a silver gelatin print from 1 of the 4 photos above, in an edition of 25. Cased in slip case.

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KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things presents the complete text of Hearn’s classic 1903 book of Japanese ghost stories, collected during travels in his adopted homeland and presented in English for consumption by Western audiences. This edition pairs the original stories with twenty-eight photographs from celebrated photographer Hiroshi Watanabe, as well as an introduction from horror expert Paul Murray. Watanabe’s photographs provide illumination and illustration for these eerie tales. This new edition of a classic text is likely to appeal to worldwide fans of Japanese folklore, supernatural stories, and contemporary photography.

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 A Limited Edition of 25 / $250. in U.S.
Slip-cased with a silver gelatin print from one of the 
4 photographs above.
In the US order directly from Hiroshi Watanabe : 

In the UK order from Beyond Words / £200.00

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 Making of KWAIDAN “The Story of Mimi-Nashi Hoichi”
Buddhist spell is written over Hoichi’s body while 
the spell checker dictates for accuracy of the scriptures.
Making of KWAIDAN “The Story of Aoyagi”

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things is a new edition book of short classic Japanese ghost stories written by Lafcadio Hearn over a century ago. Hearn (1850-1904) was an Irishman who was born in Greece, grew up in Ireland, and emigrated to the US where he became a writer. He later moved to Japan and married a Japanese woman, had children, and became a professor. He traveled all around in Japan with his wife and heard many strange traditional folklore stories. Kwaidan is a collection of those short stories that he wrote in English for western population. He died in Japan soon after the publication of Kwaidan. Those stories are now visually revitalized by accompanying photographs by award winning photographer Hiroshi Watanabe, who has lovingly brought this edition into print for the Unicorn Publishing Group.

Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Japan. He graduated from Department of Photography at Nihon University in 1975. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation and became involved in the production of TV commercials for Japan. He later established his own production company and produced numerous commercials. He received an MBA degree from UCLA Business School in 1993. In 1995 his passion for photography rekindled, and since then he has traveled worldwide extensively photographing what he finds intriguing at that moment and place. In 2000 he closed the production company in order to devote himself entirely to the art. Since then, his work has been published and exhibited around the world, and he received numerous awards. His work is in the permanent collections of many art museums such as Philadelphia Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, George Eastman House, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2016, He received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

by Lafcadio Hearn and Hiroshi Watanabe

144 pages with 28 Photographs by Hiroshi Watanabe
$32.00 Hardback, trade edition
Unicorn Publishing Group

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