Brief History and Description
Literary critic, novelist. Real name Lafcadio Hearn. Born on the island of Levkas, Greece. Moved to Japan and introduced Japanese culture to the world via essays and novels, etc. His representative works include the essays Shirarenu Nihon no Omokage (Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan), Kokoro (Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life), and the novel Kaidan (Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things), etc.
Relationship with Yaichi
The person who influenced Yaichi most during his student days. Yaichi worked hard to get Koizumi Yakumo invited to Waseda University while he was a student there. He deepened his relationship with the Koizumi family after Yakumo’s death as a teacher to his elder son Kazuo and his third-born son Kiyoshi.
Comment by Yaichi
I was one of the last people to hear Koizumi Yakumo’s lectures, and I was consulted frequently by his widow following his death with regard to his three sons over everything from education to housework. (Quoted from Sogo Daigaku no Tosho.)
Comment by Koizumi Yakumo’s Eldest Son Kazuo
The only person who made sure my brothers and I did not stray from our true course was Aizu Yaichi (Shusou Doujin Hassaku) sensei. (Quoted from [Chichi Koizumi Yakumo] by Koizumi Kazuo.)
Koizumi Shin-kun wo Suisen Suru (By Aizu Yaichi, Niigata City Aizu Yaichi Memorial Museum archives)
The draft of the copy printed on invitations to western artist Koizumi Kiyoshi’s first ever exhibition. Koizumi Kiyoshi was educated at Waseda Junior High School, and was the third-born son of Koizumi Yakumo.