Lafcadio Hearn was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan. He spent part of his childhood in Tramore, Co. Waterford with his Irish relatives who were central to the childhood and character formation of this revered chronicler of 19th-century Japan. Hearn became a Japanese citizen and married into Japanese society, taking the name Yakumo Koizumi. His flight from Western materialism brought him to Japan in 1890. His search for beauty and tranquillity, for pleasing customs and lasting values, kept him there the rest of his life.