Friday, September 24, 2010


From October 10 [Sun.] to November 14 [Sun.] “Art Exhibition / THE OPEN MIND OF LAFCADIO HEARN / HOMAGE TO LAFCADIO HEARN” is going to be held. From HIRO GALLERY, Shoko Imano’s work is exhibited.

Web page of 120th anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn’s Arrival in Japan

Born in Greece, traveling all over the world, Yakumo Koizumi (Lafcadio Hearn) eventually reached Japan and settled here. He is a well-known writer and teacher in Japan. To pay homage to his unchained spirit, about 60 international and domestic artists' works are exhibited in Matsue Castle, Karakoro Art Studio and Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum.

Matsue Castle

Marking its 400th anniversary next year, Matsue Castle has a long history. This exhibition is a unique one using 3rd and 4th floor of the keep.


Shoko Imano consistently inquires into the expression of “border.” He stayed in Rome, Italy, at the Coming Artists Overseas Study Program of Cultural Affairs Agency for one year from 2008 to 2009. His oil painting immersed in the bathtub got a lot of attention in ART OSAKA this July. In this exhibition, he exhibits a work inspired by the style of Yakumo Koizumi, who lived over various borders at that time. Below is the comment by the artist.

I presented Lafcadio Hearn's lifestyle, which spans the differences between countries, cultures and races, as well as the tracks of physical and spiritual comings and goings in each domain, using a shirt as the material, together with my concept, "domain of border."

Shirt / 97.0 × 145.5 cm / oil on canvas / 2010

Please enjoy the exhibition.


Donjon of Matsue Castle: 8:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum: 8:30-17:00 (last admission 16:40)
Karakoro Art Studio: 9:30-18:00 (last admission 17:30)
*Opens at 14:00 on 10th October.
*Closing time will be 21:00 (last admission 20:30) on the 10th, 11th, 16th and 17th of October, when there will be Matsue Suitoro Festival.

Admission Fees

Donjon of Matsue Castle: adult ¥550 (foreigners ¥280)
Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum: adult ¥300 (foreigners ¥140)
Karakoro Art Studio: Free