“The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn” Athens, Greece

「ラフカディオ・ハーンの開かれた精神」 アテネ、ギリシャ、2009年

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

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.