Japanese ambassador Chihiro Atsumi throws a stone into a stream at the opening of the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden in Tramore. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

A memorial garden in honour of one of the most famous Irishmen to have lived in Japan has been opened in Tramore. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden(...)

Lafcadio Hearn in 1895

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Patrick Lafcadio Hearn with Koizumi Setsu. The garden project will commemorate the writer, who spent his boyhood summers in Tramore.

The Japanese ambassador to Ireland has formally begun work on a new garden which will honour Patrick Lafcadio Hearn “the most well-known Irishman in (...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (second from left) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on December 26th, 2013. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

On January24th, the Chinese ambassador to Ireland expressed a highly one-sided view of the visit to Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese prime minister Shinzo (...)