Kokoro - Japanese Inner Life Hints

by Lafcadio Hearn

The papers composing this volume treat of the inner rather than of the outer life of Japan, - for which reason they have been grouped under the title Kokoro (heart). Written with the above character, this word signifies also mind, in the emotional sense; spirit; courage; resolve; sentiment; affection; and inner meaning, - just as we say in English, "the heart of things."

Kobe, September 15, 1895.