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31.05.2024 – 07.07.2024 / 5.31金~7.7日
Ireland / アイルランド
Coastguard Cultural Centre Tramore
Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens 
Waterford / ウォーターフォード

Exhibition opening: The Coastguard Cultural Centre in Tramore
Friday, May 31st at 3:00pm, Doneraile Drive, Tramore, Co Waterford, X91 HP63
In conjunction with Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

Opening Hours : 9:00am to 4:30pm Daily.

Kwaidan, by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), was first published in 1904. This exhibition features the works of 40 artists based in Ireland and Japan who have been inspired by these strange and ghostly tales. Their interpretations are presented through a diverse collection of contemporary fine art printmaking and photography. 

The exhibition is organised by Irish artists Stephen Lawlor, Kate MacDonagh and Ed Miliano, who formed the working group Blue Moon Projects in 2019 and began to develop an exhibition inspired by the writings of Hearn.  

Growing up in Ireland Lafcadio Hearn absorbed the tradition of storytelling, honed his skills as a young writer in the United States, and wrote his most renowned works in Japan. Of his writings Kwaidan is widely considered to be Hearn’s masterpiece and the culmination of his literary output. Some of these tales are ancient, some just local folklore, but Hearn has woven them into a language that can joyously be translated into visual form.

Each individual artwork in this exhibition expresses the beauty, fear and inevitability of death and interprets these eerie and macabre stories through a variety of highly skilled print media. 

In addition to honouring Hearn’s literature, these artworks deepen the cultural bonds created by Hearn, between Japan and Ireland through this exciting cultural exchange. 

In partnership with Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Culture Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs, Office of Public Works in Ireland, Irish Japan Chamber of Commerce and SO Fine Art Editions, the list of exhibiting opportunities is growing, with new venues in Japan, Ireland, the UK and USA being added. This is just the beginning of a very exciting exhibition journey between now and the end of 2025. 

‘Kwaidan’ in The Coastguard Cultural Centre

We are privileged and excited that ‘Kwaidan – Encounters with Lafcadio Hearn’ is coming to Tramore in May 2024.  The exhibition will be opened by His Excellency Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan in Ireland.


Patrick Lafcadio Hearn was born on the Greek island of Lefkada in 1850, to an Irish father, Charles Bush Hearn, and a Greek mother, Rosa Cassimati. At the age of two, Patrick and his mother came to Dublin.  Two years later, Rosa returned home in poor health and Patrick was taken into the care of his father’s aunt, Sarah Brenane. From the mid 1850s, Patrick spent much of his childhood summers in Tramore with his guardian Sarah, who retired to Tramore in 1867 and was buried there in 1871. 

The last time Patrick saw his father was in 1857, on the beach in Tramore, when he was seven years old. The young Patrick learned to swim in Tramore and passed many happy hours listening to fishermen’s stories of storms and shipwrecks. His biographer, Nina Kennard, attributed Hearn’s lifelong love of the sea to his days in Tramore. She described Tramore Bay as ‘presenting scenes striking and grand enough to stamp themselves forever on a mind such as Lafcadio Hearn’s’.

In 2015 The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Pond Road, Tramore, opened up as a memorial garden to Hearn, achieving major international recognition as a tourism and cultural attraction. Eleven unique garden areas trace the extraordinary life story of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn from Ireland to Japan and are a permanent legacy of his life, in Ireland. The Kwaidan Exhibition will be held at the Coastguard Cultural Centre in conjunction with Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.

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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Garden & Coastguard Cultural Centre logos

展覧会のオープニング :Coastguard Cultural Centre(ウォーターフォード県トラモア)


パトリック・ラフカディオ・ハーン(1850-1904)の『怪談』は、1904年に出版されました。この展覧会では、これらの奇妙で幽玄な物語にインスパイアされた、アイルランドと日本を拠点に活動する40人のアーティストによる作品を展示します。 彼らの解釈は、現代アートの版画や写真による多様な作品を通して表現されています。

この展覧会は、アイルランドのアーティストであるスティーブン・ローラー、ケイト・マクドナー、エド・ミリアーノによって企画されたもので、彼らは2017年にワーキンググループ「Blue Moon Projects」を結成し、ハーンの著作にインスパイアされた展覧会の構想を始めました。



小泉八雲記念館、カルチャー・アイルランド、アイルランド外務省、アイルランド公共事業庁、アイルランド日本商工会議所、SO Fine Arts Editionsの協力により、日本での新たな会場、アイルランド、英国、米国シンシナティが展示会場として加わります。これは、今後2025年末までの非常にエキサイティングな巡回展の始まりにすぎません。

Coastguard Cultural Centreにおける「怪談」 :

「怪談—ラフカディオ・ハーンとの邂逅」が2024年5月にトラモアで開催されることを大変光栄に思います。 丸山則夫在アイルランド日本国 大使閣下のご臨席により開会されます。