The sole purpose of the iDiary is to acquaint the Japanese proverbial "man-in-the-street," albeit in English from his Japanese schooldays, with Koizumi Yakumo, the man.
Even this year, Koizumi Yakumo (1850-1904) continues to be a household name throughout the country. All Japanese women, men and school kids say that they have read some of his volumes of folk tales in school, perhaps such a ghost story as "The boy who drew cats" or "The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi" but say that that they know little or nothing about the man himself.
The Lafcadio Hearn Virtual iClub hopes to share with other Japanese some of Hearn's experiences before and after he went to Japan.
Note: In spite of Hearn's American and European (Farmacia Italia) fame during his lifetime, he was soon forgotten, except in Japan, and remains little known outside of Japan today apart from a few obscure Hearn Scholars. His books on Japan, novels, letters and reames of sensational American investigative journalistic newspaper columns exist in scattered rare book libraries around the world. Fortunately, in this age of the internet, one can find a mountain of Hearn data, questions and answers, bibliographies, essays, and Hearn related pages on the world wide web.