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“The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn” American College, Athens, Greece 2009

「ラフカディオ・ハーンの開かれた精神」 アテネ、ギリシャ

    The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn The American College of Greece

    American University of Greece (Athens)

    The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn
    Stainless Steel, Black Granite Base
    4 meters
    The American College of Greece
    Athens, Greece
    110th Anniversary of Friendship between Greece and Japan

    ステンレス・スチール, 黒花崗岩
    4 m
    アテネ, アティカ, ギリシャ

    “The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn” was installed in 2009 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the friendship between Greece and Japan starting with this sculpture, then in 2010 in Matsue, Japan, then a sculpture in 2014 in Lefkada, Greece, the birthplace of Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) and then in 2019, the sculpture “Eternity – Resting Place of Lafcadio Hearn”in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan for in the “30th Anniversary of the Friendship Alliance between Shinjuku Ward and Lefkada City”. Yes, my Yakumo project is complete.

    「ギリシャ・日本友好110周年記念」に 「ラフカディアオ・ハーンの開かれた精神」は2009年に設置されました。
    2019年、小泉八雲終焉の地、新宿区へ「新宿区・レフカダ市友好提携30周年記念」にモニュメント 「無限の未来・八雲終焉の地」を設置、10年にわたって八雲縁の地4箇所へ設置した、私の八雲プロジェクトは完結しました。

    Until I met Mr. Masaaki Noda, I had no interest in “modern art,” what little impression I had of it being that it is chaotic and incomprehensible. But Mr. Noda’s works, be they two- or three-dimensional, made me feel mysterious, relieved, and comfortable. I felt as if they put my own chaotic mind in neat order. The works representing one of his motifs, “Perpetual Flight,” even encouraged me to live more positively.

    Bon Koizumi, Great Grandson of Lafcadio Hearn. “Masaaki Noda – The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn.” American College of Greece, 2009, p. 3.

    “The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn” was donated by Masaaki Noda to the American College of Greece in Athens, Greece, with the support of the fabricator Noda Metal Working of Osaka, Japan, to commemorate Lafcadio Hearn and to create bonds of friendship between Japan and Greece. Other supporting donors include Museum Hana, Medical Co. Tatsukawakai, Noda Metal Working Industry, Co., Ltd., Space Core Yogi, Taira Fujiwara, Kazuyuki & Etsuko Kawamoto, Bon & Shoko Koizumi, Mike Laionde, Tadashi & Miwa Takahashi, Stavros Tsolakidis, Kazunori Tsukiji, and Seiho Wada. Takis Efstathiou assisted in arranging the installation with the American College of Greece.


    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. Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) 1850-1904.


    Masaski Noda, The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn [Brochure]. 2009. American College of Greece. 110th Anniversary of Friendship between Greece and Japan and the installation of the sculpture “The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn”. 4 Pages.