Historical Building sights in Kyūshū
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The one-time home of Irish-Greek immigrant Lafcadio Hearn in the city centre dates from 1877. Also known as Koizumi Yakumo, Hearn (1850–1904) became one of the foremost interpreters of Japanese culture to the outside world. Hearn also had a residence in Matsue.
Meiji-era novelist Natsume Sōseki (1867–1916) is honored at the Sōseki Memorial Hall, which is about one minute's walk west of the river. Sōseki lived here as an English teacher for about four years.
Both houses include explanations in English.