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Lafcadio Hearn – Odyssey of an Open Mind

Lefkada, Greece 2014

ラフカディオ・ハーンと開かれた精神のオデュッセイア ラフカダ 市, イオニア, ギリシャ

    Lafcadio Hearn – Odyssey of an Open Mind
    Stainless Steel, White Marble Base
    2.2 meters
    Lafkas Cultural Center
    Lefkada Municipality, Greece
    The 110th Anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn’s Death

    ステンレス・スチール, 白大理石
    2.2 m
    ラフカダ 市, イオニア, ギリシャ

    On a few occasions in recent years, Mr. Noda has created sculptures that pay homage to the life of celebrated Greek-born author Lafcadio Hearn, whose beautiful prose continues to inspire a profound love and respect between Japan and Greece. This capacity to inspire is a trait that Mr. Noda shares with Lafcadio Hearn, as is evidenced by the deep admiration he receives wherever his thought-provoking artwork is displayed.

    Nikolaos Tsamados, Ambassador of Greece of Japan, “The Open Mind of Lefcadio Hearn—His Spirit from East to West.” Lefkada, Greece. 2014. p.2.

    A sculpture is installed in Lafcadio Hearn’s birthplace, Lefkada, Greece, to mark the 110th anniversary of his death. It is called “Lafcadio Hearn—Odyssey of an Open Mind.” Its two wings symbolize the East and West; they also allude to Pegasus, the symbol of Lefkada. Its heart-shaped opening represents Hearn’s spirit, “an Open Mind.” Mr. Noda Masaaki has already created two sculptures representing Lafcadio Hearn, one at American University in Athens and another by Lake Shinji, Matsue, Japan.

    “Odyssey of an Open Mind” goes a step further.

    Hearn started the journey of his in Lefkada, went to Ireland, then to the United States of America and Martinique, and finally, after traveling half the globe, to Japan, and it was there that he established his reputation as a writer. Mr. Noda has carved these accomplishments into a sculpture. It will continue to tell the world the importance of realizing the spirit of “coexistence.”

    Bon Koizumi, great-grandson of Lafcadio Hearn, July 4, 2014.

    “Lafcadio Hearn—Odyssey of an Open Mind” was donated by Masaaki Noda to City of Lefkada, Greece, with the support of the fabricator Noda Metal Working of Osaka, Japan, to commemorate Lefcadio Hearn. Other supporting donors include Space Core Yogi, Horkos Corp, Art Printing Co, Ltd., Onewrite Co, Ltd., Katsunobu Ishihara.


    Masaaki Noda on His Lafcadio Hearn Sculptures

    “The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn” in Athens, Greece, is one of four sculptures that I have created commemorating Lafcadio Hearn, the Greek-born writer who adopted Japan and became the revered storyteller of Japanese folk tales. Go to this page for the background of Hearn and my sculptures.


    Hornoer, David. Matsuura, Masataka. Koizumi, Bon. Tsamados, Nikolaos, Nishibayashi, Masuo. Genitsariou, Maria. “Masaaki Noda Lafcadio Hearn—Odyssey of an Open Mind.” Lafkada Municipality (Lefkas, Greece), Jul. 4, 2015, P.4.